Signs That You Have Work-Related Stress (And Can Get Workers Comp Benefits For It)

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We all have experienced stress multiple times in our lives. Even the toughest of us have. Some have to cope with stress only a few times throughout their lives, while others have to deal with it on a daily basis. Work as well as commuting may be the most common stressors in Los Angeles and all across California.

Luckily for you, you can get compensation for your work-related stress, and our Los Angeles stress-related injury attorney is going to explain how.

What is work-related stress?

Stress-related injuries have become a growing problem in California and all across the United States. Not only does work-related stress – or any other type of stress, for that matter – negatively affect health and well-being, but also your productivity at work and earning capacity.

Generally, in order for your stress-related injuries to qualify as “work-related stress” and entitle you to workers compensation benefits, you have to prove that the stress was caused by unbearable work demands, stressful work environment, or a combination of factors that exceed your capacity and capability to cope.

Experts estimate that work-related stress may be the most common reason why workers sustain both physical and psychological trauma in the workplace. Causes of work-related stress vary from one case to another, but the most common are long hours, heavy workload, tight deadlines, and over-supervision.

Signs of work-related stress

But do you really have work-related stress? This is the question we asked our Los Angeles stress-related injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach. Symptoms of workplace-related stress fall into three main categories: physical, psychological, and behavioral.

Physical symptoms of work-related stress:

  • Fatigue and exhaustion;
  • Lack of energy;
  • Frequent headaches;
  • Tense muscles, aches, and pain;
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation;
  • Chest pain;
  • Rapid heartbeat or frequent changes in heartbeat;
  • Insomnia and sleeping difficulties;
  • Dermatological disorders;
  • Frequent colds and infections.

Psychological signs of workplace stress:

  1. Anxiety;
  2. Depression;
  3. Irritability;
  4. Pessimism and lack of interest in life;
  5. Discouragement;
  6. Suicidal thoughts;
  7. Feeling of being overwhelmed;
  8. Panic attacks;
  9. Difficulties to focus or concentrate;
  10. Poor decision-making.

Behavioral symptoms of work-related stress:

  • Aggression;
  • Diminished productivity and creativity;
  • A noticeable drop in work performance;
  • Difficulty to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, or employer;
  • Increase in sick days;
  • Mood swings;
  • Frustration and impatience;
  • Inability to meet deadlines;
  • Disinterest in work;
  • Loss of sexual desire;
  • Lower tolerance;
  • Isolation.

You may be entitled to workers comp benefits for work-related stress

It is important to note that while some workplace stressors may cause work-related stress in some employees, others may be unaffected by the same stressors. For example, if one employee feels that long hours or heavy workload is greater than he/she can cope with, he or she may get stressed out. His or her co-worker, meanwhile, in the same circumstances may not be stressed out. It largely depends on the person as well as the source of work-related stress. Nonetheless, if you can prove that your stress – and all the injuries, losses and damages stemming from it – was caused by your job or workplace environment, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits.

Causes of stress-related injuries at work

Sources of workplace-related stress – or the so-called stressors – may vary from one case to another. However, our Los Angeles stress-related injury attorney have outlined the most common stressors that persist in workplaces in California:

  • Long hours;
  • Unmanageable demands;
  • Heavy workload;
  • The pressure in the workplace;
  • Sudden, frequent, or major changes within the workplace;
  • Tight deadlines;
  • Changes to duties;
  • Job insecurity;
  • Boring work;
  • Insufficient skills for the job duties;
  • Over-supervision;
  • Lack of support;
  • Lack of equipment;
  • Lack of promotional opportunities;
  • Harassment (sexual, race, religion, age, and others);
  • Discrimination (gender, age, racial, religious, and others);
  • Conflicts with co-workers or bosses;
  • Painful experience at work (workplace death, robbery, on-the-job injury);
  • Poor organization culture;
  • Poor management practices.

This is a non-exhaustive list of stressors that may cause work-related stress. If you believe that you have stress-related injuries are stemming from your job duties or workplace environment, seek legal advice from a workers compensation lawyer.

Contact the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach to get a free consultation today. Call our Los Angeles offices at 818-609-7005 or complete this contact form.

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