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In Massachusetts, Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for PTSD?

Any type of workplace can be a stressful environment, there’s no doubt about that. But what if the level of stress is abnormally high? What if a life-threatening injury is suffered on-the-job, or a worker gets assaulted by a supervisor or co-worker? Traumatic experiences can result in more than just “ordinary” stress.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes an individual to relive the events of a traumatic incident again and again. If you are afraid to go to work, or are overcome by an intense response to traumatic memories from a work-related incident, you may have PTSD. And you may be eligible for workers’ compensation in Massachusetts?

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, the next step toward collecting workers’ comp is to provide evidence showing the PTSD was caused by a workplace incident. In Massachusetts, mental and emotional disabilities are eligible for workers’ comp. Certain occupations are more commonly associated with high stress and mental health issues, such as PTSD. Examples of these occupations include law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and military personnel. Workers in these jobs are more commonly exposed to violent, dangerous, or traumatic situations. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a police officer to be eligible for PTSD-related workers’ comp benefits.

Common Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is an emotional disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms. The symptoms below are associated with PTSD and can range in duration and severity.

  • Flashbacks of a traumatic event
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Violent behavior
  • Self-destructive actions
  • Obsessive compulsive behavior
  • Problems with memory and focus
  • Nightmares

PTSD can also result in physical symptoms and sickness. The following medical conditions are associated with PTSD:

  • Severe headaches
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy and fatigue

PTSD may make an employee unable to work for an extended period of time. For this reason, workers’ compensation benefits may be available. Although MA workers have a right to get workers’ comp for work-related PTSD, the claims process can be highly complex. In addition, obtaining benefits for psychiatric injuries can be especially challenging. Insurance companies are notorious for challenging whether emotional disorders, including PTSD, are actually work-related.

Altman & Altman, LLP – Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving all of Massachusetts

If you are suffering from PTSD following a work-related incident, the legal team at Altman & Altman, LLP can help. Our lawyers have been protecting the rights of MA workers for more than 50 years, and we have an impressive track record of obtaining compensation for our clients. Complex workers’ comp cases require the help of an experienced law firm. Mistakes and errors on the application can result in a reduction in benefits, late benefits, or no benefits at all. Furthermore, if negligence played a role in your injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.

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