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Can I Get Workers' Compensation for a Mental Illness?

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Many people in Massachusetts are working under extremely stressful conditions and in some cases, they may have developed a mental illness in response to their working environment. If you are living with stress like this, you may be able to file for temporary disability. Our Quincy personal injury attorney addresses things to consider when deciding whether or not to file a disability claim for stress or anxiety.

Due the nature of mental illness being an “invisible” health issue, establishing proof your illness was a direct result of your job can be difficult. Two conditions where you may be able to receive workers’ compensation for your mental condition:

  1. If your mental health condition is related solely to your job.
  2. Your mental health condition is a direct result of a work-related injury or another person’s work related injury.

Jobs with High-Stress Environments

Those with occupations that put them in high-stress and dangerous positions are often at a higher risk for developing Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Employees working as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers whose job description is to respond to violent, dangerous, and sometimes horrific accidents. If you are currently suffering from PTSD in your position, you have options. Our compassionate Quincy personal injury attorney has over two decades of experience handling personal injury cases so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Gathering Evidence

When filing for workers’ compensation, it is a best practice to gather the evidence you need to establish proof of your claim. If you have a history of mental health treatment for your stress problem, providing your medical history along with your claim will help you establish proof of your injury. Unfortunately, mental health treatment is an expense not all employees can afford, if you have not sought treatment from your doctor, Social Security will likely schedule you for a consultative mental health examination.

Were You Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

If you were denied workers’ compensation benefits after filing a claim for stress or nerves, an experienced Quincy attorney can help you get the compensation you need to move forward. No should be forced work while they are suffering from a debilitating mental illness.

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