Employees can suffer a number of injuries and problems due to their work
and, if you suffer from emotional or mental health issues that were caused
by your job, you might be wondering if such injuries are also covered
by workers’ compensation. After all, the effects of many mental
illnesses are often debilitating and can affect a worker and his or her
family in a number of ways. In Georgia, workers’ compensation covers
a vast range of psychological injuries as long as they were triggered
by a physical injury that was caused by a workplace accident. This means
that if you developed a condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) as a result of suffering bodily harm, you could receive workers’
compensation benefits for it.
Physical Harm and Psychological Injury
It is not uncommon for a person who has suffered a physical injury, such
as a back injury, neck injury, or other physical damage to also experience
accompanying psychological symptoms, including anxiety or even depression.
Having to deal with chronic pain in the aftermath of a work-related injury
might also require mental health counseling to help cope with the stress
of it. For those who suffer harm serious enough to impact their ability
to work, care for their family, or even perform everyday tasks, it is
very likely they will also experience a psychological reaction as well.
That said, workers’ compensation claims involving psychological injuries
are still somewhat rare, particularly because the burden of proof lies
with the employee and requires conclusive evidence that demonstrates the
employee’s job was the main cause of the mental illness he or she
now suffers. While proving physical harm is generally easier, proving
psychological damage can be challenging and requires the assistance of
a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. Just because no one can
see your psychological injury does not mean it is not there.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Cobb County
If you suffered a physical injury at work that later resulted in mental
health problems, you need to obtain the experienced and knowledgeable
legal assistance of a Cobb County workers’ compensation attorney.
At Chestnut & Beller, our team of
workers’ compensation attorneys is dedicated to representing injured workers and ensuring they
are able to secure the benefits they rightfully deserve.
Get started on your workers’ compensation case today and
contact our law office at (770) 285-5542 to request your free initial case evaluation