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Workers’ Compensation and Stress-Related Illness: A Complicated Issue

Stress Claim | DYS Law Group

When most people think of workers’ compensation, they picture people who have been seriously injured on the job and whose lives have been forever changed as a result. However, as our definition of a “injury” evolves, so do the laws that govern them. We’re learning more and more about what stress can do to the body and how it can cause real injuries. It becomes easier for those who suffer from stress-related injuries to be compensated as we learn more about them. Success in a stress-related workers’ compensation claim can be difficult, and you need to know the facts and the law well in order to succeed. We at DYS Law Group workers’ compensation law firm, can assist you with your claim.

What Is a Stress-Related Illness?

Stress in the workplace can lead to a wide range of stress-related injuries. The most severe form is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).This is more common in people who work in jobs where they are exposed to stressful or even dangerous situations on a regular basis. Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common ailment among first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. There are, of course, less dramatic consequences to working in a high-stress environment. Workplace stress can lead to a variety of issues, some of which are listed below

  • Hair loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How Do You Make a Claim?

Under DYS Law Group workers’ compensation law, it can be difficult to prove that you have a compensable stress injury. Workplace stress claims fall into three categories: “physical/mental,” “mental/physical,” and “mental/mental.”

It is possible to be physically injured on the job and suffer psychological effects, which is known as the “physical/mental” phenomenon. One example of this is the onset of depression following a life-altering work injury.

Work-related stress can have both mental and physical effects when it reaches an all-time high. In this case, a heart attack could be a result of work-related stress.

The term “mental/mental” refers to an injury to the worker’s mental well-being that is not caused by physical factors. PTSD, as described above, is often a mental illness or disorder. Some compensation for firefighters and police officers who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of certain events is being enacted.

Having the right lawyer can make all the difference in a claim’s success or failure. The DYS Law Group can assist you if you’re having difficulty submitting a claim for stress-related workers’ compensation in their jobs. Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common ailment among first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. There are, of course, less dramatic consequences to working in a high-stress environment.

A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer from the DYS Law Group can help if your claim is denied.

Hire an attorney with experience in stress-related illness cases to help you prove your case in court if you have been diagnosed with a work-related illness. You can rely on DYS Law Group to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at 213-855-4749 for a no-obligation consultation.

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