Your job is dangerous, and one day, the worst scenario occurs. You witness a serious accident at work that claimed the life of your co-worker and friend. While you were not personally involved in the accident, you now suffer from chronic nightmares, anxiety and panic attacks, especially when confronted with situations at work that remind you of the accident. Like many other Ohio residents, your experience has resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder.
Although you know that PTSD, anxiety and depression rarely go away on their own, you are hesitant to seek compensation for your emotional injury, fearing you will be denied help. However, you may feel encouraged to learn that workers’ compensation can cover emotional injuries. It is best to seek help, rather than attempt to deal with it on your own, since PTSD and chronic anxiety can eventually cause physical symptoms, such as the following:
- Heart palpitations
- Joint pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain
As you might expect, these symptoms and the others associated with emotional trauma can affect your ability to work. It is just as important to seek treatment for an emotional injury as it is for physical wounds. Left untreated, PTSD and other forms of emotional trauma may worsen to the point where they are disabling and affect your quality of life.
However, it may also be difficult to be approved for workers’ compensation for emotional trauma. You may need to seek assistance from medical professionals who can attest to the severity of your symptoms, as well as appeal a workers’ compensation claim that has been denied. Fortunately, you have the right to appeal claims, although the process can be complex. When this is the case, it is not a good idea to go through the process without the assistance of an advocate who can defend your right to treatment.