Can I apply for workers’ compensation for PTSD?
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health condition. It typically arises from a traumatic event, such as witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event. Any sort of traumatic event, even those that occur at work, are likely to spark PTSD in an individual. If you’ve experienced a horrific event and find yourself suffering from the aftermath, you may be wondering if you are eligible for workers’ compensation for PTSD.
Workers’ Compensation for PTSD
The first step is to get a medical diagnosis that links your PTSD back to the workplace. In South Carolina, you need to be able to prove that the event that caused your condition was extreme. You also need to prove that it was unusual in comparison to the normal aspects of your job. Examples include witnessing a co-worker’s violent injury from a fall or machine-related accident. Or being in the workplace at the time of a gruesome explosion or fire.
Your employer may try to fight against your workers’ compensation claim for PTSD. If this happens, know that you don’t have to battle against them or their insurance company alone. Contact one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys to find out how you can best file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits for your PTSD. We’ll help you in collecting evidence for your case. Our experts will assist you in filing your workers’ compensation claim. We’ll also work to find a solution that works in your favor if you need to appeal your claim.
If you find yourself or a loved one suffering from PTSD following a traumatic workplace event, don’t hesitate to call The Clardy Law Firm. Our workers’ comp attorneys understand how difficult and complex claims are. We can help you get the benefits you deserve when you choose to pursue workers’ compensation for PTSD. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!