EMS Personnel Face Major On-The-Job Stress


We all face stressful situations, whether in our daily lives or at work. We are used to that. However, there are some jobs that are much more stressful than others.

An article in EMS World tells us that EMS personnel face incredibly stressful, and unpredictable, situations on a daily basis. While many people have to deal with deadlines and obnoxious bosses, first responders do not know what the next call will bring. Maybe a cardiac arrest. Maybe a multi-trauma vehicle crash. No matter what comes their way, the women and men in EMS have to be ready to respond.

And their mental health can suffer as a result.

At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we recognize that there are many jobs in which the stress of the work performed can be overwhelming. We also know that this can cause mental health illnesses to develop. If you need a workers compensation lawyer in Los Angeles, you can contact us today.

About the job

The EMS World article says that “On daily basis firefighters, police, and emergency medical workers are all exposed to the risks of seeing death and destruction.”

  • Suicide rates are high for those in the public safety field.

The article points out that there are paramedics as young as 19-years-old on the job. The range of emotions that a young EMS provider can go through can be too much on their still-developing brains. Imagine being on a call where a young child has drowned one minute and then on a structure fire call fifteen minutes later.

  • 54% of EMS services use 24-hour shifts. There are times when crews have little to no rest time for an entire shift.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an average of 333 injuries per 10,000 MES workers.

There are many stressful jobs

EMS and public safety fields are not the only jobs with high stress levels. In fact, studies have shown that even lower-level management personnel in what people would consider office jobs face significant stress that can cause psychological problems.

But are mental health illnesses covered by workers compensation?

In most cases, yes, mental health illnesses are covered by workers compensation if the illness is believed to be caused due to the work environment. However, that does not mean that employers or insurance companies are going to offer compensation.

What you can do

If you or a loved one are facing a work-related mental health illness but are having trouble getting workers compensation coverage, please seek legal assistance. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to secure the compensation you deserve. We will fight to prove that your mental health illness was indeed caused by your work environment. You should not have to worry about fighting for the coverage you deserve. Your focus needs to be on healing. When you need a Los Angeles workers compensation lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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