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Can I Obtain Worker's Comp for Stress and Anxiety?

Can I Obtain Worker's Comp for Stress and Anxiety?

Everyone deals with at least a small amount of stress from work, whether it stems from financial worries, problems with career trajectory, hefty workload concerns, or anything in between. However, when that stress becomes unbearable, or if it leads to problems with anxiety, is there anything you can do about it?

Any job can be stressful, but if your occupation is causing you a severe amount of stress, or crippling anxiety, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

About Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Stress

Workers’ compensation laws vary in each state, which can make determining your eligibility for benefits quite tricky. For this reason, you should always seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to discuss any questions you have about your potential workers’ comp case. According to New Mexico workers’ comp laws, compensation for stress and anxiety will only be awarded when the employee can prove that they have suffered substantial harm directly related to stressors at work.

Not all stressors are easily conquerable, especially if those anxieties stem from serious trauma. In fact, traumatic events and overly demanding circumstances might even cause severe health issues if left untreated. For this reason, some types of stress and anxiety can be covered by workers’ comp.

Proving Eligibility

In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits for anxiety, you must first prove that these problems stem from work-related issues. If the source of the stress or anxiety is not directly associated with work, the worker will be ineligible. However, if the employee’s stress stemmed from a severe traumatic experience that happened on the job, such as a violent attack, a painful physical injury, a crash, or some other type of nerve-wracking experience, the injured party may have a case.

To prove your valid request for benefits, you will most likely need to supply evidence of your suffering. For example, someone dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, may be eligible because he or she can be diagnosed by a doctor and can prove the validity of their illness. That being said, a doctor’s diagnosis, personal testimonies, and other hard pieces of evidence can go far to help you build a valid workers’ comp case.

What Next?

If you are suffering from severe stress or anxiety due to factors or events in the workplace, you may have a right to seek recompense through workers’ comp. Stress and anxiety may seem like common issues, but if they began because of problems within the workplace, they could potentially lead to life-altering mental illnesses or behavioral issues. In order to preserve your health and protect your rights, make sure you get in touch with a knowledgeable New Mexico workers’ compensation attorney.

Contact Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law today to discuss your case with our Albuquerque workers' compensation lawyer.

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