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Are psychological injuries grounds for workers' compensation?

Any injury suffered as the result of your job is grounds for a workers' compensation claim, even if that injury is internal or psychological. People often overlook the severity and long-reaching impact that a psychological injury can have on a person's quality of life. Many Pennsylvania workers who experienced trauma or mental anguish as the result of their work or a work-related incident go without help.

Mental health has a direct impact on a person's quality of life, but due to the stigma unfairly attached to psychological illnesses, workers may be reluctant to reach out for help. Others who do file a claim for rightful benefits may find that it can be extraordinarily difficult to actually obtain the money they need for medical care and recovery.

What types of injuries are covered?

In Pennsylvania, workers' compensation benefits are available to individuals who sustain a work-related injury or suffer from a disease caused by occupational hazards or exposure. State law requires that benefits cover medical care and, if the injured worker is unable to return to work for a period of time, the cost of wage loss.

A serious work accident or the stress of a high-pressure job can lead to psychological issues that may eventually impact a person's ability to work. Some of the mental conditions and trauma-related issues that may be valid grounds for a workers' compensation claim include:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks
  • Behavioral changes
  • Difficult concentrating or doing the job
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

If you believe that your current issues are the result of your job or an incident that occurred at work, you may have grounds for compensation. These cases can be complex, and employers and insurance providers are often reluctant to pay on these types of claims. Your injury may not be visible, but that in no way precludes you from a full and fair recovery.

How should you navigate the claims process?

The workers' compensation process is complex, and it can be difficult to know where to start. If you are filing a claim based on psychological injuries or damage, you may face even more difficulties in your effort to secure benefits.

When facing the difficulty of a mental condition that is the result of your job, you will find it beneficial to have an experienced legal ally by your side. With the right support, you have a better chance of positive results and getting the care you need for a more stable future and successful career.

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