Stress is something we all deal with daily, whether in our private lives or at the workplace. Specific jobs or situations are more susceptible to higher stress environments. However, if the stress reaches an excessive degree, culminating in psychiatric harm, you can file a stress-related worker’s compensation claim.
For you to qualify for workers’ compensation for stress, the psychological injury should have been induced or compounded by your job. You would not be eligible for the benefits of workers’ compensation claims if personal issues like relationship, health, or finances were the cause.
What Are The Common Forms Of Stress Claims?
Even though there are a variety of explanations why an employee can be stressed, the following are some of the most prevalent causes or reasons for workers compensation for stress at work:
- Overworking workers: Stress-related illnesses can result from staff being forced to work longer hours. Also, some employers require workers to hit last-minute deadlines and sometimes set unreasonable expectations about how much work they should accomplish.
- Harassment and bullying at work: Harassment and bullying in the workplace can occur under various circumstances. Harassment can be based on religion, age, race, color, and the use of abusive language, making excessive demands and threatening. Whether it occurs through a letter, phone, face-to-face, etc., it can result in a stressful workplace.
- Inadequate training: Each job has its set of skills that should be met. Workers must be qualified to be well-equipped to do the job for which they have been hired. Staff who do not have enough training tend to lack confidence and feel stressed when performing their duties, causing excessively high-stress levels.
What Do You Need To File A Successful Stress Claim?
To file workers’ compensation for stress:
- You must first demonstrate that you have a diagnosed medical condition that qualifies as an ‘injury.’ It is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible, not just for your case but also for your health and wellness.
- You must also prove that the work conditions contributed to the problem. Workplace pressures, sexual assault, exposure to traumatic experiences, and bullying are all examples of this. Employers are safe if they can prove that they took responsible action, even if you prove a causal correlation between work and your illness.
- You must inform your employer of your accident in 30 days to be eligible for Workers’ compensation.
The amount of reimbursement you are entitled to be determined by the facts of your case. After consulting a legal professional about your case, you should comprehensively understand your entitlements and rights, as well as the benefits you may pursue. Most workers’ compensation benefits include the cost of medical care, permanent impairment benefits, weekly compensation benefits, and vocational rehabilitation.
Snow, Carpio, Weekley Can Help With Workers Compensation For Stress At Work
Stress in the workplace is a common occurrence. In most cases, mental health conditions do not impair a person’s ability to function. However, if you cannot perform at work due to a high degree of work-related stress, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Snow, Carpio, Weekley is dedicated to assisting workers who have experienced injuries or illnesses at the workplace to obtain the legally entitled compensation. The experienced Phoenix Workers’ Compensation Attorneys represent clients across Arizona. To get started, contact the office at (877)-370-5788.