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Can you receive workers' comp for PTSD?

Every business has ways to limit the amount of workers' compensation employees need should they sustain any injuries. For example, Denver police officers have a physical therapist on staff to help treat officers injured in the line of duty. However, not all injuries are visible to the naked eye. 

There are a number of cases where employees develop post-traumatic stress disorder while on the job. Although PTSD is not what most people think about when discussing workers' comp, these benefits are applicable to PTSD cases. 

What jobs are most susceptible to PTSD?

There are numerous professions that experience stressful situations on a regular basis. Some of the most common include police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters. Most people develop PTSD after a single traumatic event, such as a horrific traffic accident or an assault. A cop who experiences PTSD may no longer be able to do his or her normal duties because everyday events required in the field bring back memories of the traumatic event. It can take years of therapy for a person to resume normal activities. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

People who work in stressful professions need to be aware if they need to file a workers' comp claim for PTSD. The following are the most common symptoms associated with the condition:

  • Memory problems
  • Chronic nightmares
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Anger and irritability
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feeling jumpy
  • Flashbacks related to the traumatic event
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

How do you file a workers' comp claim for PTSD?

If you suspect you have PTSD, then speak with a doctor and your employer immediately. There is a strict deadline for all workers' comp claims, and you will need to file all the necessary paperwork as close to the traumatic incident as possible. A successful claim will pay for any medical expenses as well as lost wages. 

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