Addressing Mental Health Injuries in Workers’ Compensation CasesAugust 30, 2018
If you break a bone, injure your back, or suffer a traumatic brain injury while performing a task that is directly related to your job, you will be able to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits to help pay for medical expense, lost wages, and other costs associated with the injury.
Mental injuries like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be just a debilitating. But when it comes to collecting benefits, it can be harder to prove that they are work-related. A skilled and experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can walk you through the claims process and help secure the benefits you deserve.
The key to obtaining Workers’ Compensation benefits for a mental injury is to be able to prove that the condition was either caused by, or made worse by, an event or activity that is directly related to your job. Unlike a physical injury that you can see, mental health injuries cannot be seen by the naked eye.
There are a number of mental health injury classifications, and each will require different types of evidence to prove that an injury exists, let alone that it happened on the job.
Types of Mental Health Injuries
- Physical/mental: This type of injury tends to occur after suffering a serious physical injury. For example, if a worker loses an arm after getting it caught in a machine, it could trigger a range of disorders, including PTSD, depression, or anxiety. In cases like this, Workers’ Compensation should cover all injuries.
- Mental/physical: This occurs when your job causes you to develop a mental health condition, which causes you to suffer a physical injury or condition. For example, if your job causes extreme stress and anxiety, the effects of the stress can cause a heart attack. To be eligible for benefits, you will need to prove that there was a clear link between your mental health problems and the physical condition.
- Mental/mental: This means that a mental trauma that you endured on the job causes you to develop a mental health injury. For example, if you work at a bank and were held up at gunpoint, and this traumatic event caused you to develop PTSD, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, you would need to prove that the traumatic event was clearly beyond the normal day-to-day stress level of your job.
In addition to PTSD, depression, and anxiety, other examples of mental health injuries include insomnia and other stress-related illnesses. Your health care provider can diagnose your condition after speaking with you about your symptoms, your job responsibilities, your work environment, and other factors that may contribute to your condition.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Clients with Mental Health Injuries
If you have suffered a mental health injury while on the job, contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Insurers and employers may try to deny your claim if they do not believe that your mental health injury is directly related to your job. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to secure the evidence needed to prove that your injury is work-related. We will obtain the maximum financial benefits you deserve, protecting your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.