The federal government demands that states have a program providing workers with compensation for on-the-job injuries. Unless your employer is exempt because of its size or the scope of the work, you have the legal right to file a compensation claim for work-related injuries of all sorts, including depression and anxiety.
What Is A Job-Related Injury?
Work-related compensation claims cover physical and mental injuries that occur on the job. Physical injuries, such as broken limbs or chemical burns, often are readily visible and easy to claim, while mental health injuries might require medical and legal proof.
At Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, LLC, our experienced team advocates for victims of physical and mental health injuries resulting from the workplace environment.
What Are The Causes Of Work-Related Depression And Anxiety?
Compensation claims related to depression are sometimes connected to a physical injury. If you were injured at work and developed depression as a result of the the physical injury, you can file a related claim for your mental health damages. The first claim will provide compensation until you reach maximum physical healing while the second compensates you during your mental and emotional healing.
Some instances of workplace-induced depression don’t involve a physical injury. Workers can experience workplace depression as a result of bullying, sexual harassment or other severe mistreatment.
What Are The Signs Of Depression?
It can often be difficult to see the signs of depression, particularly in yourself. Patients who are engaged with a busy medical schedule often don’t stop to assess their mental health. Symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent feelings of emptiness and loss of interest
- Poor sleep
- Cognitive decline
- Appetite change
Can I Get Workers’ Comp For My Job-Related Depression?
Yes. Whether your employment caused the depression or aggravated a pre-existing condition, you deserve compensation during your recovery. Depression resulting from a work-related physical injury also qualifies you for workers’ comp.
Where Should I Begin?
If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of depression related to a workplace incident, you might qualify for workers’ compensation. At Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, LLC, we can help you navigate through the process. Request a free consultation by filing out the contact form or calling our office at 732-936-9901.