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Can You Get Worker's Compensation For PTSD? What You Need To Know

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is increasingly becoming a very real epidemic suffered by millions of Americans every year. It is a debilitating condition that inflicts those who have jobs in very stressful situations.

Those who work in high-stress jobs, such as law enforcement, emergency medical staff, firefighters, the military, and the like are very susceptible to PTSD and are at risk of severe mental effects that can inhibit the individual's ability to perform his or her job properly.

There are additional factors that can cause PTSD that are not related to specific job functions. Bullying in the workplace, sexual harassment, or discrimination, for instance, can also result in symptoms of PTSD. These symptoms can cause you to be unable to do your job, and you can file for worker's compensation benefits in many cases.

The following is some information on PTSD and how you may receive worker's compensation benefits as a result.

PTSD Symptoms

Many symptoms can indicate that one is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While there are a lot of different symptoms, it is important to remember that not everyone will suffer from all of the symptoms, or even deal with their issues in the same way.
A phycologist or physician will be the one to check your symptoms and provide you with all treatment options. It is important, though, that you can recognize the symptoms yourself so that you can take the proper steps to getting treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks of certain events, nightmares, depression, anxiety, and increased stress. Panic attacks, adverse reactions to certain triggers, and an increased appearance of distress are also indicative of PTSD.
Additionally, the inability or the lack of socialization, violent outbursts, or an overall feeling of malaise and confusion can also indicate the presence of PTSD.

Worker's Compensation Claims for PTSD

To obtain a worker's compensation claim for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it needs to fall into one of the following categories.
The first category is the source of the PTSD with regard to the physical demands of the job. If you sustained physical injuries while working, it could trigger many symptoms of PTSD. For instance, if you are in an accident that almost takes your life or that of one of your co-workers, your worker's compensation claim would fall into this category.
If you are emotionally injured in some way while working that cause you to suffer from PTSD, you can also make a worker's compensation claim. This is common with cases of discrimination and other forms of mental or verbal abuse.
Additionally, any emotional trauma that leads to either mental or physical injury can also qualify for a worker's compensation claim.

Physical Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Regarding physical damage, PTSD can cause many different physical ailments in addition to the mental trauma that is present. A heart attack is a very common ailment that can be brought on by PTSD. Migraine headaches and elevated blood pressure are also common. Also, those suffering from PTSD commonly suffer from ulcers, vomiting, and nausea.
Many of these problems can cause excessive absence from work. At best, they can limit your ability to perform the full scope of your job duties. For this reason, you have the option to pursue a worker's compensation claim to help pay for your disability and medical care until you are able to return.
If you want to pursue a worker's compensation claim for your Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered from an incident that occurred on the job, you will need to contact an attorney. Please contact Canelo Wallace Padron & Mackie for assistance.