Are Mental Illnesses Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

BY: Koszdin | Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Yes. The state of California recognizes that employees can suffer from mental illnesses due to work related stress.

If you are searching for answers to this question then you or someone you love must be suffering from serious mental illness due to work related stress. Our Workers Compensation Attorney at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry in Lancaster understand the intricacies and details needed to complete and succeed a worker’s compensation claim. But before the claim can start, what is mental illness related to job stress look like?

Mental Illness isn’t just something we are born with. Mental illness can occur over extended periods of time in an environment filled with stress and negativity. Mental illness takes on many forms and typically can be shown through physical ailments. When dealing with a mental illness that is work related, it is important to trace the mental illness to your job. There needs to be a link between the ailments and your work environment. This can be challenging which is why it is so important to have a workers compensation attorney by your side. You don’t need to defend your mental state. You know why you are feeling this way and it is because of your work. Let us deal with the defense.

How Do I Know Something Is Wrong At Work?

Mental illness at works looks like increased anxiety and/or depression. Answer these questions:

  • While at work do you shake or start to feel your heartbeat out of your chest?
  • Do you see a decrease in productivity and an increase in fatigue or over lack of motivation?
  • Are you crying at work because you are overwhelmed?
  • Do you isolate yourself from friends and family because you don’t want to talk about the negativity at work?
  • Are you dealing with harassment at work? If so, do you feel unsafe or worried about what could happen to you?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you may be dealing with mental illness due to work related stress. If you answered yes to any of these questions then start documenting your feelings, surroundings, and day to day operations. Any information will help our Workers Compensation start to build a strong case for you. 

What Do I Do Next?

Generally, when placing a workers compensation claim you must start documenting your illnesses as well as think about seeing someone for your mental illness. The state of California recognizes the need for workplaces to honor mental health claims, but due to mental stigma courts have set  a high threshold of evidence for this kind of claim. Do not be discouraged. This does not mean that your chances are low or diminished. Instead, it is even more reason to discuss your situation with our Workers Compensation Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry in Lancaster. With over 50 years of experience in the field of workers compensation, we have the resources and experience to get your claim approved. Call us at 818-812-5639 or click here to share your situation with us today. We are here to work for you.

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