From long hours and tight deadlines to heavy workloads and over-supervision, workplace stress has become a growing problem in Georgia and in the United States. Work-related stress can lead to fatigue, sleep issues, illness, anxiety, and depression when it’s not properly addressed.
But does workplace stress qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia? The answer depends on how the stress-related injury was first developed.
The following are some examples of when an employee can receive workers’ compensation benefits for workplace stress:
- A physical injury leads to a mental injury – Let’s say you sustain a serious head injury in a work accident, resulting in a fractured skull, a concussion, and other cognitive injuries such as memory loss, mood swings, and even stress. So, if stress is caused by your physical injury, it can be covered by workers’ compensation benefits.
- A mental injury caused by a physical injury – If you witness another employee suffer a catastrophic or fatal injury and the devastating event led to you being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you can file a workers’ compensation claim for this type of stress.
- A mental injury caused by workplace conditions – If you experience stress due to the abusive or discriminatory behavior of your employer or co-workers, this type of stressful work environment can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you believe your stress-related injury was caused by the conditions of your workplace in Cobb County, contact Herbert Chestnut & Associates today at (770) 661-0091 and schedule a free consultation.