Severe trauma, bullying, threats, or unsafe work conditions can potentially lead to work-caused mental illness, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These psychological illnesses can be just as debilitating as physical injuries.
A mental illness claim for workers’ compensation is more complicated to establish than a physical injury. A causal link must be shown between the mental illness and the workplace. For example, a claimant must demonstrate that his/her anxiety was caused by workplace conditions and not personal circumstances. This means demonstrating that the work conditions in the claimant’s job were more anxiety-inducing than the conditions of an average job. However, just because a psychological condition does not emerge from a single precipitating incident does not mean a valid claim cannot be made.
As with every workers’ compensation claim, consulting a lawyer is the best way to determine if a claim is viable. A workers’ compensation lawyer can explain the relevant laws related to mental illness and the workplace, and help file a claim.
Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.