Job-Related Stress: Is It Covered By Workers’ Comp?
Almost everybody experiences a certain amount of stress on the job. In rare circumstances, however, stress becomes so debilitating it becomes a serious medical condition. In these cases, it may be covered by Georgia workers’ compensation. At Tillman & Associates in Atlanta, our lawyers provide both emotional and legal support to individuals suffering from mental issues such as job-related stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Please call 877-849-5895 toll free to discuss your case with a lawyer.
When Is Job-Related Stress Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, it is possible to receive workers’ compensation for a mental disorder such as stress. However, securing benefits is not easy. The worker has the burden of proving a workplace stress-related claim with facts and medical proofs. That can be difficult to do when the stress is not related to a specific event in the workplace, such as a shooting or robbery. To receive benefits, you will need to show:
- The cause of the stress was primarily work-related.
- The stress you experienced exceeded the normal level of stress for the position.
- The stress resulted in a disability.
Unlike a bone fracture, you will not have visible proof of your disability. Only careful investigation and documentation of your condition by a medical expert can show that your job stress is a compensable claim under Georgia workers’ compensation. You will likely need the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to secure benefits. If your stress condition is so severe it prevents you from returning to work, our lawyers can also pursue an SSDI claim.
Contact Our Attorneys For More Information About Stress Injuries
If you have suffered severe and debilitating stress in the course of your employment, contact our lawyers for a free and confidential consultation. Call 877-849-5895 toll free, or complete our online form.