Having a mental illness is very tough. It’s still somewhat stigmatized in the world we…
Every day we take for granted the ability to get up and go. Even if you don’t have the physical ability to get up and go, you are mentally ready for the day. This does not apply to all people. There are some people who suffer from severe mental health issues which make getting up every day harder and harder. Thankfully, over the past decade, much attention has been given to understanding and talking more about mental illness. The usual “suck it up” or “move on” comments are no longer seen as helpful. Instead, as a society we are getting better educated on how to better support those who suffer from mental illnesses instead of just hiding them under the rug, dismissing someone’s real feelings, or discriminating someone for their mental health.
There are protections for those with mental illnesses in the workplace under the American Disability Act (ADA)… This legislation is to protect people from discrimination and ensures that employers are doing their fair share to ensure that you are doing your job. For example, your employer has to provide reasonable accommodations as long as they know that you need them. This may require you to submit official documentation about your mental illness, but these documents should not make your employer treat you any differently. These documents do not need to be very detailed either. The one thing your employer, or an employer, is not allowed to do is ask about your mental health or any significant mental issues.
California is a progressive state which looks out for employee’s physical and mental disabilities. The state is very proactive in recognizing that mental health issues can come from working in hostile environments, workplace violence, work-induced stress, or physical illness due to psychological stress. If you are in a workplace that causes you to feel the symptoms or signs of common mental health issues like anxiety or depression then you have options to file a worker’s compensation claim. Even though there is more education surrounding mental health, there is still stigma related to it. And sometimes, that stigma is in high places like those who are overseeing your worker’s compensation claim.
If you filed a claim with your employer and it was denied you are not alone and you are not the first. Do not lose hope. There are options for you. The best option is to seek counsel from our Van Nuys Mental Health Claim Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry. We have the resources and knowledge to appeal your claim or take alternative paths to ensure that you are getting a fair assessment of your situation.
Denied claims do not mean that you stop fighting. Instead, our Van Nuys Mental Health Claim Attorneys at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry are here to help redirect the fight into a more successful path. Call 818-812-5639 or click here to schedule a free consultation to get you back on track.