For many people, a job is the most stressful part of their lives. Long hours, low wages, insignificant incentives, and strenuous job performance can lead to many negative physical symptoms. But what about the psychological ones?
Mental illnesses and symptoms sustained during an employee’s term of employment may entitle that employee to workers’ compensation benefits.
Am I eligible for a workers’ compensation claim?
Most South Carolina employers need to have workers’ compensation insurance or be able to cover the costs of an employee injury. This allows employees to file a claim and seek compensation for things such as medical expenses, lost wages, mileage, and disability.
Does workers’ compensation cover my mental health?
Will workers’ compensation cover mental health? If your mental distress results from a “normal” work event, you probably won’t receive coverage. This includes everyday occurrences like transfers to another department or demotion.
Conditions that are likely covered include traumatic distress. This includes seeing your limb being amputated by a piece of equipment, witnessing a workplace murder, or being a victim of sexual assault in the workplace.
What if I have a pre-existing mental condition?
Coverage will depend on the severity of your condition and if you can link it to the workplace or not. Your doctor needs to be able to prove that your symptoms have worsened because of your job and not because of other factors.
The personal injury attorneys of The Clardy Law Firm are here to help. If you have more questions about your case or need help with filing your workers’ compensation claim, contact us to discuss getting the compensation you deserve.