Psychiatric injuries are eligible for financial compensation under California law. These injuries include both mental and physical conditions that result from an accumulation of work-related mental stress. If you are suffering from psychiatric injuries due to your work, don’t make the mistake of thinking only physical injuries are covered by workers’ compensation claims. Based in Long Beach, California, our team at Pratt Williams, A Professional Law Corporation is ready and able to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Psychiatric/Psychological Injuries in the Workplace
Psychiatric injuries can result from both workplace conditions as well as traumatic incidents that happen at work. Professions that routinely include high stress or increased levels of danger can have a cumulative effect over time. In these environments, stress from daily responsibilities can lead to mental and/or physical disabilities.
Though psychiatric injuries can be more difficult to prove than straightforward physical injuries, the injuries and disabilities resulting from stress in the workplace are no less real. Possible causes of work-related psychiatric injuries resulting from mental stress include:
- Failure of an employer to resolve internal disputes
- Hazardous or unsafe working conditions
- Violent or traumatic events occurring in the workplace
These situations can lead to mental and physical disabilities including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, or—in cases involving violent workplace incidents—post traumatic stress disorder.
If you are suffering from a mental or physical condition as a result of work-related stress, and you are unable to perform your duties, filing a workers’ compensation claim may be an option. If your situation meets the required criteria for a claim, our team of psychiatric/psychological injury attorneys at Pratt Williams, Professional Law Corporation will work to make sure you are treated fairly.