Injuries on the job occur, and when they do, you may have the right to get treatment under your employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage. While some injuries warrant immediate treatment, others may creep up.
Psychological injuries in the workplace continue to rise as traumatic experiences put people through the wringer. While these psychiatric injuries do not always fall under workers' compensation standards, some instances do.
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the workplace
PTSD is synonymous with veterans or first responders who deal with horrific scenes. However, everyday people working regular jobs can also experience its effects when exposed to highly stressful and frightening experiences. Take a few of the following as examples of when PTSD may qualify under workers' compensation.
Witnessing a crime
Raleigh is no stranger to bank robberies, and the past two months have seen a few. Bank employees who witnessed the robbery may start to feel anxious, stressed and panicked at the thought of returning to the building. PTSD can manifest immediately after the event or come on unexpectedly when triggered. Employees who experience something like a bank robbery may qualify to get help through workers' compensation.
Violent acts have started occurring all over the country, and the workplace is no longer a safe haven. Employees who witnessed a violent act in the workplace, no matter the manner of violence, may get help under workers' compensation.
Extreme emotional distress
Some jobs have a reputation for stress. While most people go into these careers knowing the stakes, the psychological effects may sneak up when least expected. If you have suffered prolonged exposure to stress, either by the condition of the job site or the people you work for, you may have a shot at getting some of your bills covered by the employer. However, guidelines in place may make it an uphill battle.
Stress is a daily occurrence for most people. While there is some measure of anxiety and stress expected at work, through a series of events, you may find yourself with a real psychiatric condition. Know what to look out for, and get help as soon as you believe you need it.