Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Historically, PTSD has been associated with military combat.
However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that PTSD can also develop as a result of workplace trauma. Workers in some occupations might also be more likely than others to develop this condition.
In California, workers who develop work-related PTSD may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Keep reading to learn more.
Many factors that can contribute to the development of work-related PTSD. Some of the most common causes of work-related PTSD include:
Those who may have an above-average likelihood of developing PTSD due to workplace conditions or experiences include:
First responders: Workers in the emergency services, such as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, are at increased risk of developing work-related PTSD due to their exposure to traumatic events.
Other high-stress jobs: Workers in other high-stress jobs, such as healthcare workers or those in the military, may also develop work-related PTSD due to their exposure to traumatic events.
Under California law, workers who develop work-related PTSD may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. To qualify for benefits, the worker must demonstrate that their PTSD was caused by their job-related duties or events. They should also take these steps:
Be aware that proving you developed PTSD as a result of workplace experiences can be challenging. This is one of many reasons it’s wise to enlist the help of a California workers’ compensation attorney when seeking benefits. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we’re prepared to help you navigate this complex terrain. For more information, contact us online or call us at 818-609-7005.