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Can You Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Psychological Injuries?

Published on September 10th, 2019

Workers’ compensation injuries can become complicated for even the more straightforward of bodily injuries. When you add a psychological component, the cases are even more difficult to untangle. For example, stress does not technically qualify as a sufficient reason for awarding benefits, even though chronic stress can be a debilitating condition for anyone to have. If you’re wondering if workers’ compensation benefits cover psychological injuries, see how the laws work.

Psychological Injuries

How Does Psychological Injury Work?

Workers’ compensation has been known to cover psychiatric conditions, even though it’s not as easy to prove the symptoms of a mental disorder as a bodily injury. This discrepancy between physical and invisible symptoms has led to more denials than approvals when it comes to claims. However, the fact that officials acknowledge the fact that a mental condition can disrupt your life as much as a physical condition is a step in the right direction if you’re hoping to file for workers’ compensation injuries.

Should You Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

An experienced attorney in workers’ compensation laws will not only know the details of the state legislature, but they’ll also understand how the diagnostic criteria of certain conditions will help or hurt your case. To receive benefits, you typically need to prove:

  • Your job was the predominant cause of your condition
  • The actions of the employer were done in bad faith.

Because both of these things are primarily subjective, establishing the premise of your case can be impossible without a good attorney by your side.

Regardless of why you’re filing for benefits, it will be an uphill battle if you’ve sustained a psychiatric injury from your job. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is the first step, but hiring an attorney is typically the second.


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