For most of us, our jobs are our lifelines. They are important parts of who…
When we were kids no one told us about the poor working environments we may have to endure in adulthood. We were told to dream big and try to accomplish all we can so that we can get the job we want. Well, what if the job we want is in a place that is not healthy for us? What if the job we love is in an environment that makes us hate our job? As we get older people like to tell us to leave our jobs outside as we enter our safe space of a home.
As admirable as that sounds, some people are dealing with work environments that truly seep into their everyday lives. Some have responsibilities that spill over to their regular life and they cannot just shut off the energy every time they enter the house. Whether you like it or not, our work environment affects our mental health. If you or someone you love is working a hostile work environment and you start to see their behavior change then you may want to suggest to them submitting a mental health claim.
The great state of California recognizes that the mental health of an employee is just as important as a physical injury. Therefore, they allow worker’s compensation claims for those who are suffering from mental health issues due to workplace environments. Those with mental health issues are already covered under the American Disability Act, but now if you experience mental health issues due to a hostile work environment, you can create a worker’s compensation claim.
When working in a hostile environment you can start to show signs of stress. Stress when untreated or compiled can lead to mental health break down. If you are constantly harassed at work or bullied at work you can begin to show signs of anxiety or depression which manifests differently in each person. You may start to lost interest in your job and start to seclude your self from everyone, personal or work friends. You may start to miss days of work because you are too anxious to enter the building. These extreme behaviors are not normal and they are not healthy. No one should have to suffer these feelings or conduct these behaviors in order to try and suffer through work.
First, as progressive as California is for having such a policy in place, there is still a lot of stigma and myths surrounding mental health. Just because anxiety and depression don’t manifest in clear physical signs like a cold or stomach bug, does not mean that the person isn’t experiencing pain. You may receive some push back from your employer or insurance company when starting the process. Do not be deterred. Our Mental Health Claim Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry in Lancaster are here to back you up. Call 818-812-5639 or click here to schedule a free consultation with our Mental Health Claim Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry today.