San Fernando Valley Stress-Related Injury Attorney

California recognizes stress-related injuries under workers’ compensation law. This includes physical, mental, and emotional injuries that result from work-related mental stress. If you have sustained a mental stress-related injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, loss of earnings, and other losses.

At Kropach & Kropach, our San Fernando Valley stress-related injury attorneys serve as staunch advocates for injured workers and know how difficult it can be to prove a mental stress injury. Arrange a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

Common Stress-Related Injuries

Workers can recover damages for psychiatric-related injuries per Labor Code 3208.3(i), according to the California Department of Workers Compensation. Mental stress on the job can manifest as depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Employees who suffer from mental or emotional stress may find themselves needing to take time off from work or be unable to perform their job duties.

For instance, if an employee has suffered mental stress due to being threatened at work or made to work too many hours until they are exhausted, then they might have the ground for a successful mental health injury claim.

In California, for a stress-related injury to be deemed valid, the claimant must:

  • Have worked for the employer for six months, although there is an exception if an extraordinary and sudden work condition causes the stress-related injury.
  • Have a diagnosable mental disorder.
  • The mental disorder must cause disability or have required medical treatment.
  • Prove that the stress-related injury resulted from employment conditions – the working conditions must be a minimum of 51 percent responsible for the injury.

Physical Injury Resulting in Stress-Related Injury

It may also be possible for a physical injury to result from a mental stress injury—which makes this type of injury easier to prove. For example, if you injure your back at work, and you develop depression after becoming bedbound and in chronic pain for several months, then you may develop a stress-related injury as a result. Beyond depression, other compensable stress-related injuries that might develop consequential to a physical injury include sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, panic disorder, and anxiety.

How Can Our San Fernando Valley Stress-Related Injury Attorneys Help?

Workers’ compensation laws are notoriously complex. Workers’ compensation claims of stress-related injuries can be even more convoluted and complex, and workers comp carriers pull out all stops to try to avoid paying stress-related claims. This underscores the need for you, as a claimant, to have an experienced and compassionate attorney working hard for you. At Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our San Fernando Valley stress-related injury attorney leaves no stone unturned when handling cases just like yours, with the ultimate goal of helping you get the maximum benefits and compensation possible. Arrange for a free case evaluation by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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