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Workers’ compensation damages for depression or anxiety

| Apr 6, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Dealing with an injury can be traumatic, and can also bring with it adverse emotions due to the difficult position that the injury puts you in. For example, a physical injury such as a broken arm or leg can prevent you from working for a significant amount of time, particularly if you are employed in an active profession such as construction.

Being unable to work as well as dealing with a physical injury will mean that you are losing wages as well as acquiring medical bills, which will likely cause you to experience financial concerns. You will also potentially feel helpless since while you are unable to earn an income, you will be stuck at home simply waiting for your situation to improve. In some cases, this difficult situation can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Many people do not realize that in some cases, workers can gain compensation for depression and anxiety caused by a work injury. The following is an overview of the different types of mental injuries that could be covered by workers’ compensation.

Mental injuries caused by physical incidents

If you injured yourself when working with a particular machine, you may become fearful of using that machine again, and could even develop a phobia. This phobia could prevent you from being able to do your job until you gain mental treatment.

Physical injuries caused by emotional incidents

Mental health issues can have physical effects on your health. If you have been dealing with high anxiety at work due to the extremely stressful environment, this could manifest itself physically by causing high blood pressure and contributing to a serious outcome such as a heart attack.

Mental injuries caused by emotional incidents

Being bullied at work, harassed or made to feel fearful can have a significant impact on your mental health.

There are several ways in which you may be able to gain workers’ compensation as a result of suffering emotionally due to an incident at work. Make sure that you understand all of your options.

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