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Can I get workers’ compensation for PTSD?

Being involved in a job that puts you at the risk of injury or even death can be a stressful thing in itself. But when you become injured at work, or witness a traumatic event at work, this can change your life.

Many people do not realize that if they are negatively affected by an experience at work that has affected their quality of life, they may be eligible for workers' compensation. This is especially true when a person is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

What is post traumatic stress syndrome?

Post traumatic stress syndrome is a condition that can be slow to diagnose because it is a mental rather than a physical one. Symptoms usually include anxiety, depression and flashbacks, sometimes to the point where the person affected can no longer work or have a good quality of life.

Can I get treated for post traumatic stress syndrome as part of a workers' compensation package?

If it can be proven that your post traumatic stress syndrome was primarily caused by an incident that occurred while you were at work, whether in the military or in a private workplace, it is likely that you will be eligible to receive damages. These funds that you acquire could go toward going to therapy so that you can make a full recovery and live a great life again.

If you believe that you have been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder but you have not yet been diagnosed, this is the first step to take. Visit your doctor and tell him or her about the symptoms you have been having.

Source: Department of State, "PTSD Workers' Comp Claims," accessed Feb. 09, 2018

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