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Workplace Injury – Psychological Problems

Workplace Injury – Psychological Problems

Five months ago, an armed utilities engineer went on a shooting rampage inside the Virginia Beach Municipal Complex. 12 persons were killed, but hundreds more were injured-both physically and mentally. Five months later, 450 city employees have filed for workers’ compensation benefits related to the shooting. The mountain of claims represents the immense psychological and emotional toll the attack has had on the staff.

Unfortunately, there are no minimum standards in what States or Employers must provide their employees in terms of workers’ compensation coverage-so the question of whether a psychological problem related to one’s employment would be covered under workers’ compensation depends on what State you live in.

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, the experienced Alabama Workplace lawyers at Powell and Denny would be happy to talk with you about your rights.

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