Many people assume that worker’s compensation is only available to those who suffer a broken bone or other physical injury. On the contrary, the law actually covers numerous conditions, including mental illness.
As with physical injuries, mental illness can impact your ability to work. Job-related PTSD in particular can make it emotionally difficult just to survive through your shift. Luckily, you do not have to suffer this pain silently.
Some occupations are more likely to suffer from PTSD, including military personnel, emergency responders, medical providers and police officers. These jobs may involve continuous or sudden exposure to psychologically disturbing subjects.
However, any job can trigger PTSD in certain situations. Common causes of PTSD in other jobs may include accidents while commuting, assault, witnessing a distressing event, high stress, robbery and verbal abuse. No matter the cause, trauma can be life-altering.
While speaking to a doctor about your anxiety, pain or other symptoms, you could also tell them how your job might contribute to this issue. If your doctor diagnoses you with PTSD, you can begin to start the healing process. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment for PTSD can involve both therapy and medication.
You may have to leave your job if it aggravates your symptoms while you recover. Sometimes this means working fewer hours or taking an extended “vacation,” but other times you may realize that you aren’t able to return to work at all.
During recovery, your employer may still cover a portion of your wages or provide benefits. Speak with a worker’s compensation attorney if you have any questions about whether you qualify for benefits and, if so, how you could obtain them.