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Can You Seek Workers Compensation for Workplace Stress?

Erwin, McCane & Daly | Thursday, April 16, 2015

When it comes to being injured at the workplace, sometimes an injury can be more than just physical. Sometimes mental injuries, such as stress, can be a result of the workplace. So this leads you to ask – can a stress related illness get me workers compensation?

There is a very fine line when it comes to stress related injuries. Symptoms can range from mental to physical. Here are some symptoms that may be caused by stress in the workplace:

Headaches
 Fatigue
 Heart palpitations
 Anxiety
Irritability
 Depression
 Difficulty sleeping or insomnia

These are just a few examples of symptoms you might be experiencing. You can see a full list of symptoms from the Better Health Channel here.

According to Risk and Insurance, regular workplace stress like dealing with bosses and co-workers, and getting work done are not a basis for a claim. There are some ways that you can claim workplace stress, but as the article points out it can be tough because states have created so much red tape.

In order to get a claim you have to prove that your work environment is the main cause of your condition. There has to be solid evidence, and it’s hard to prove considering there are many other things in an individual’s life that could lead to stress. As a matter of fact, in most states the only way to be compensated for a stress related injury is if it is tied to a physical injury.

There are exceptions if you are someone who suffers from PTSD or depression as a result of seeing something traumatic.

If you believe that you are suffering from stress that has developed as a result of your work environment, contact Erwin McCane & Daly for a free consultation.