Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available For PTSD?
Most workers face some level of stress while on the job. The demands of a competitive marketplace can cause some level of anxiety. However, some workers face unusual experiences during the course of their employment. A life-threatening or traumatic event may cause a worker to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When unusual events or peculiar traumatic environments lead to mental health issues, workers may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under New Jersey law.
Traumatic Events In The Workplace And PTSD
Firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians or security guards may face traumatic events or scenes during the course of their employment. The need for a police officer to discharge his or her gun may even trigger PTSD. Workers in a wide range of occupations may face issues that can cause PTSD. A store clerk, bank teller and worker in an establishment that is robbed may suffer serious mental health issues as a result of the traumatic event. Construction workers who suffer a serious accident may also suffer from PTSD after a life-threatening accident.
Mental health and PTSD claim are generally compensable under New Jersey workers’ compensation law. However, the insurance companies and employers often push back and look for ways to deny claims. Because PTSD symptoms may be delayed, the insurance providers may try to argue that the condition is not related to the event or environment at work. They may challenge the diagnosis itself, questioning the reliability of the medical evidence. It is critical to work with a skilled lawyer who knows how to build a solid workers’ comp claim.
We Have Served Injured Workers In New Jersey Since 1936
At Parisi & Gerlanc, Attorneys At Law, in Hackensack, we have experience across the spectrum of workers’ compensation issues. Our legal team is well-equipped to prepare, negotiate and present a claim at trial, if necessary. The nuances of mental health claims require a skilled legal team. We are here to help you obtain the full and fair benefits that you are entitled to receive.
Let Us Help You Obtain The Benefits You Need
To learn more about how our Bergen County lawyers can serve you, we invite you to arrange a free consultation. We can provide comprehensive, thorough and knowledgeable workers’ comp representation. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you through this difficult time. To get started, send us a short message online, or call 551-587-8915.