The occurrence of traumatic events can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Though commonly found in veterans or victims of serious crimes, there is the possibility of a work experience leading to this condition.
It is possible for your PTSD to receive coverage under your employer`s workers` compensation plan.
The symptoms of PTSD
PTSD is a mental condition that develops after witnessing or taking part in a traumatic event. Several psychological symptoms indicate this condition, but since individuals respond and process trauma differently, each situation requires personal assessments. In some, mild responses are depression or anxiety while others experience debilitating emotional detachment, compulsive behaviors and nightmares. Physical challenges often accompany mental symptoms, such as ulcers, migraines, fatigue and high blood pressure.
The relationship between employment and PTSD
There are several occupations where traumatic events are likely to take place. These include working as a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or trauma surgeon. However, if a gruesome accident or serious incident occurs at work, witnesses to the event could experience mental and physical stress from the experience. Medical treatment and therapy are generally used to help individuals deal with their PTSD, not to mention lost wages from an inability to work or maintain their previous schedule. Workers’ compensation can address PTSD when connected to a workplace injury or as a standalone condition from witnessing a traumatic work incident.
It is important to follow the official workplace procedures for filing a workers’ comp claim if you believe you are dealing with PTSD. You do not want to jeopardize your right to compensation benefits.