The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP, are committed to helping injured workers claim the necessary Workers’ Compensation benefits to which they are entitled. Even when benefits are initially denied, our team will work diligently to claim justice for you. We have the experience and knowledge necessary for your claim to be successful.
Proving Emotional and Psychological Stress Injuries
Employees who claim that their work environment caused an emotional or psychological stress injury must prove several things to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. First, he or she must prove that the employer or work environment is primarily responsible for the injury. This can be tough to do since stress outside of the workplace can weaken a person’s tolerance for additional stress. Next, the claimant must show evidence that the level of stress at work was unreasonable for the job description, or that the level of stress was so severe that the worker was unable to perform their job duties.
The claimant must also show that emotional or psychological injury was diagnosed by a professional medical doctor, psychiatrist, or counselor. The condition must be so severe that it renders the worker disabled, even temporarily, and requires medical intervention such as counseling, therapy, or prescription medication. Medical documentation is vital in proving that the disability not only exists but that it was directly related to the work environment.
Employers and insurance companies can make it very difficult for the injured worker to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Many times, insurance providers will closely scrutinize the worker’s social and family life, history of drug or alcohol abuse, past mental illnesses, or personnel records to invalidate the worker’s claims. Employers can also challenge the claim for emotional stress if the worker has had recent disciplinary actions against them, a poor performance appraisal, or was denied a promotion.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Assist Those with Work-Related Mental Stress Injuries
The experienced team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, have helped countless victims of workplace stress claim the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. We have a long history of successful claims and appeals for workers, even when their claims have been denied initially. Compensation for lost wages, medical treatments, prescription medication, and therapy can help you focus on your recovery without the additional stress that financial burdens can bring. Call us at 215-512-1500, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. We represent clients throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.