Workers in certain occupations may be at an increased risk for developing PTSD, including public safety workers. Firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians work in high-stress environments and are often the first on location at horrific scenes. However, workers in any industry can develop mental stress injuries related to their job. Other causes of PTSD compensation claims involve situations when the death or serious injury to a worker is witnessed by co-workers.
Symptoms of PTSD
Reactions to trauma can vary widely. Some victims of a traumatic event may suffer mild anxiety while others can experience a dramatic change in personality. Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Anger and self-destructive or violent behavior
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Emotional detachment
- Flashbacks of the traumatic incident
- Irritability and jumpiness
- Obsessive compulsive behavior
- Problems with memory or concentration
Although PTSD is a mental health condition, it can manifest itself in physical symptoms as well including:
- High blood pressure
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Types of PTSD Claims
Claims can be made for PTSD alone, or in conjunction with physical injuries suffered in the traumatic event. Very often, a worker will sustain injuries in a severe accident and develop lasting symptoms of PTSD after having recovered from the physical injuries. In this case, the worker may have a claim for compensation for both the physical injuries and the PTSD. On the other hand, workers who witness a horrific accident or event may not have physical injuries, but rather are debilitated by emotional scars. These workers would file a compensation claim only for PTSD.
Regardless of the severity of PTSD, a successful claim will allow you to receive some benefits. If your PTSD is severe, you are eligible for more benefits because the impact on your health is more severe. If you suspect you are suffering from work-related PTSD it is crucial that you report any and all symptoms, mental or physical, to your doctor.
Filing a Claim for PTSD
Do not delay in talking to your doctor and your employer if you think you have post-traumatic stress disorder due to a work-related event. You could lose your right to benefits if you do not report your PTSD within the prescribed deadlines. Through workers’ compensation, you may be able to get the medical treatment and leave from your job that you need to recover from the trauma that caused your PTSD. Benefits awarded in a successful workers’ compensation claim may include:
- A portion of your lost wages
- Payment for all medical treatment related to the PTSD
- Compensation for any permanent mental health damage
- Coverage for treatment of any physical or mental conditions resulting from the workplace injury
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Advocate for Workers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation claims for PTSD are complex and require skilled and experienced representation. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, have the knowledge and experience that you need on your side when you file a claim. Call 215-512-1500 now to schedule a free consultation, or contact us online. Our offices are located in Center City Philadelphia serving clients throughout Pennsylvania.