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
Who Qualifies for Workers' Comp for PTSD in Philadelphia?
The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by a work-related accident can be devastating. When you are unable to return to work, you may need to access workers’ comp benefits in order to continue supporting yourself while you try to recover from this difficult condition.
Many workers are unsure whether they are eligible for workers’ comp benefits based on their post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis. The amount of time that you have been with your employer is irrelevant. The only requirements that you need to meet in order to qualify for benefits in the vast majority of Pennsylvania work injuries include:
- Being considered an employee of the company
- Suffering an injury that is within the scope of your job responsibilities
For example, if you only recently became employed with your employer and were involved in a slip and fall accident on the job, you would be entitled to workers’ comp benefits under the law.
However, if you were injured in a car accident on your way to work, workers’ comp would not be required to approve your claim for benefits. To find out whether you qualify for workers’ comp for your post-traumatic stress diagnosis, contact our office today.
How to Appeal a Denied Philadelphia Workers' Comp Claim for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Despite the fact that you may qualify for workers’ comp benefits, it is not unusual for claimants to be denied the benefits that are rightfully theirs. When the insurance company pays out on workers’ comp claims, they lose money.
As you can imagine, this leads to many instances of insurance adjusters denying even the most deserving of workers’ comp claims. If you have had your claim for workers’ comp denied due to your work post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, this is not necessarily the end of the line for your case.
With help from a dedicated workers’ comp attorney, you could petition the insurance company to have your workers’ comp denial appealed. From there, we will begin to prepare for a hearing where we can address any of the reasons for the denial and seek to have your claim approved.
A large portion of post-traumatic stress disorder workers’ comp claim appeals is resolved at this stage. However, we are prepared to bring your case before a judge if that is what it takes to get you the work comp benefits that you are entitled to.
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.