4 Tips To Help Your Stress Related Injury Case


Are you stressed at work? Not just big sigh stressed or pop-open a beer as soon as you get to your house stressed, but real life changing stressed? For example, life-altering stress is when you are unable to function normally at work. You may not be able to work as efficiently, turn in work on time, or achieve the goals set out for you. Often if you are experiencing a mental stress-related injury at work you are suffering from severe anxiety, depression, insomnia, paranoia, or the most common PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). If you or someone you love is experiencing these mental hardships as a direct cause from work, please know that you are not alone. In fact, 65% of workers have stated that they have experienced stress-related injuries and it has prevented them from doing their job. Of this 65%, 10% have stated that there was extreme difficulty in functioning normally at work.

Most stress comes from the workplace environment. In a 2000 survey, 42% of employees state that yelling and verbal abuse were common in their workplace and 29% of those surveyed admitted to yelling themselves. A negative or toxic work environment is harmful to your mental health. If you do not take the time to address these mental issues then they can manifest in physical ways such as high blood pressure, hypertension, nervousness, or at worst heart attack or stroke. If you feel as if your stress levels are more than just a string of bad days, if you are suffering, or not functioning as normal, then you may have reason to file a workers compensation claim.

Here are 4 Tips to help you get started with your stress-related injury claim:

  1. Be real with yourself: take the time to reflect on what is happening with your mental health. Here are some questions to consider: Is stress from work resulted in a permanent impairment? Can you prove that work is the reason or cause for your stress? Is this stress above the normal level of stress that is expected out of your position? If you can answer these questions positively then you may want to consider filing a workers compensation claim.
  2. Documents: Do you have documents from psychiatric visits or psychology appointments? Do these documents show that your street related injury is at the minimum 51% due to your work life? If yes, then you are in a good position.
  3. Work longevity: You must work in a place for longer than 6 months before making a stress-related claim
  4. Who is your attorney?

The last step is most important because without a lawyer you may find getting an approval of your workers compensation file challenging. California is progressive, but insurance companies are hard to believe in mental health issues. Our Los Angeles stress-related injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach are here to help. Call 818-609-7005 or click here to start a conversation with our stress-related injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach in Los Angeles today.

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