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Claiming workers' compensation for a mental illness

Most workers' compensation claims involve physical injuries. This might involve a construction worker gaining compensation for medical bills after falling off a ladder or an office worker gaining compensation for a back injury from sitting at their desk. However, mental illnesses can also arise as a result of workplace conditions.

Mental illnesses can be much more difficult to successfully make a workers' compensation claim for, but they are equally as deserving in comparison to physical injuries. If you believe that you are suffering mentally as a result of your working environment, you should consider filing a workers' compensation claim.

A stressful or abusive working environment

If you have been put under an extreme amount of stress at work, it can start to affect your personal life and your self-esteem. As a result of this extreme pressure, you may have begun to experience anxiety or depression. Similarly, abuse experienced at work can also lead to psychological consequences. If you had to seek medical attention or took time off work, you should be entitled to workers' compensation as a consequence.

A traumatic experience at work

If an accident or traumatic event occurred while you were fulfilling your working activities, you could struggle to return back to the workplace, and it is possible that you started to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this situation, you should be able to claim compensation for the time you took off work and for the therapy you require.

Mental illnesses should be treated without stigma and with the same seriousness as physical illnesses. It is important to stand up for your right to workers' compensation in the state of California.

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