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Would you qualify for workers' compensation with PTSD?

There are many jobs in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States that are dangerous, high-stress and carry the potential for an employee to experience emotional trauma. Some of the most obvious include active military positions, law enforcement and firefighters. However, you don't have to work in an overly dangerous job to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How might you be affected by PTSD? After you experience a traumatic event or an incident causing great stress, you may develop pervasive feelings of fear, anxiety or panic relating to the incident. These emotions may take months or years to lessen and can be debilitating.

What are some of the potential ways you might develop PTSD as a work-related condition? You might have seen a co-worker seriously injured or killed in a workplace accident. In the military, you may have been exposed to violence and seeing your comrades harmed. In any job, you might develop severe stress and anxiety over time if you regularly interact with an abusive employer or angry customers. You may also develop PTSD after an injury you suffered on the job, such as a machinery accident or car crash.

According to the U.S. Department of State, workers’ compensation insurance may cover your medical expenses and lost wages resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder. You will need an evaluation from a psychiatrist proving you suffer from the condition, as well as evidence that PTSD is affecting your ability to work. Workers’ compensation law is complex in regards to work-related mental illnesses, so this information should not substitute legal advice from an attorney.

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