There are many factors to consider when filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits as a result of suffering from a psychological/psychiatric injury. First, there are many types of professions that are naturally stressful. The stress associated with these jobs can accumulate over a long period of time and effect the employee both mentally and physically.
In addition, there are many events that can occur at work that may cause a psychological/psychiatric injury. These include:
When dealing with a psychological/psychiatric injury, the injured worker would most likely suffer anxiety attacks, depression, sleep deprivation and other physical manifestations of a stress-induced injury.
In order to qualify for workers compensation benefits based on a psychological/psychiatric injury, the employee must meet three requirements:
However, an employer may have a defense to a psychological/psychiatric injury claim. First, an employee cannot claim a stress injury due to a physical injury. Another defense is called the good faith personnel action by the employer. If the employer criticized the work of the employee which causes a demotion or the employer changes the duties of the employee, then the employee cannot claim a psychological/psychiatric injury.
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