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Chronic Pain and Psychological Injuries

Chronic Pain and Psychological Injuries

Those who suffer serious injuries as a result of a job injury often develop chronic pain issues.  Chronic pain is defined as pain which limits one’s activities and lasts for at least 6 months-and it can be a lifetime problem.

Chronic pain often starts with an injury. After the acute issue resolves, pain takes on a life of its own due to how pain information is processed in the nervous system.  Chronic pain can lead to anxiety and depression, and for persons who have underlying mental problems-chronic pain can aggravate their psychological issues, making the effects of the work injury even worse.

In Alabama, in order for a psychological problem or mental disorder to be covered under workers’ compensation, the worker must have sustained a physical injury.  The physical injury does not have to be a serious injury, as long as the physical injury suffered in the workplace injury caused the mental problem or accelerated or triggered an underlying mental condition.  Hence, any mental impairment causally related to the injury you sustained when you were hurt at work is to be covered by workers’ compensation.  This includes any underlying mental disorders the worker may have had prior to being hurt at work as long as the job injury makes the mental problem worse.  This includes depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder or the worsening of a condition of paranoia, schizophrenia or other underlying mental problem.

If you work in Alabama+ and suffered a workplace injury and you now suffer with the side effects of depression, anxiety or if an underlying psychological problem was made worse after being hurt at work, you are entitled to treatment for said mental impairment.  If you were hurt at work and now suffer from the side effects of a mental problem, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Attorneys at Powell and Denny for a free consultation.  Virtual appointments are available through Zoom for you wherever you live.

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