Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers

Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers

Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers: How To Claim For A Psychological Injury At Work.

If you have experienced a psychological injury at work, you can claim compensation with the help of one of our Atlanta psychological injury lawyers at Bobe & Snell Law Office LLC. However, you must be able to show that either, a) you experienced a psychologically related trauma at work, or b) you’re experiencing a form of mental incapacity as a result of a physical injury that occurred at work.

But remember that showing you’re experiencing a psychological injury can be quite subjective, therefore, you will need to provide medical evidence and possibly a testimony of a psychologist and/or family member. They can attest to the changes you’re claiming in your mental health.

As with any medically oriented claim, you must understand the types of claims that qualify as being compensable before you can prove it. Therefore, it is essential to understand what can cause a work-related psychological injury claim and what a mental disability look like.

If you think you or a loved one has experienced a psychological injury at work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experienced, reputable, and dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys for a free case review.

What Can Cause A Psychological Injury At Work?

A psychological injury at work can occur due to a single traumatic incident, such as witnessing an accident or the death of a coworker. It can also arise out of various forms of abuse in the workplace. The abuse can take several forms including:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Being overworked
  • Bullying
  • Denial of personal or vacation time off
  • Dealing with difficult personalities
  • Harassment
  • Poor physical working conditions
  • Threatened job security

What Forms Can Psychological Injury Take?

When determining if you have suffered a psychological injury at work, a physician or psychologist/psychiatrist may look for the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irrational Fear
  • Insomnia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatric diagnoses

If your symptoms are identifiable and relatable to a single incident at work, or a series of behaviors imparted upon you by your superiors or co-workers, it is possible for a doctor to find that you’re experiencing a stress-related work injury.

Our Atlanta psychological injury lawyers are ready to help you file a claim to seek compensation for your work-related psychological injury, and negotiate a fair settlement for you.

Proving A Work-Related Psychological Injury 

Much like a physical injury, in order to prove a psychological work-related injury, you’ll need to show that you have had an experience(s) at work that has contributed to, or caused, a decline in your mental health and emotional stress.

Therefore, you’ll need to show that you were functioning in a mentally healthy capacity until you were exposed to stressful work-related circumstances. If you can do this, you’ll be able to file a successful workers’ comp claim for psychology injury.

Making A Claim For A Psychological Injury At Work

As with a physical injury or repetitive stress injury, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Give notice to your employer that you believe you’re experiencing a work-related psychological injury.
  • Complete the paperwork to begin the process of making a claim. Your employer should provide you with these forms when you give notice.
  • Be ready to provide adequate relevant details of both the incident(s) that caused the injury and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
  • Seek medical attention from your own private doctor.
  • Answer all of the questions thoroughly and to the best of your ability.
  • Provide your employer with the medical evidence you claim supports your case.

An employer must follow up on your workers’ comp claim for psychological injury by doing the following:

  • Provide you with the relevant forms to fill out to substantiate your claim.
  • Contact their insurance company and inform them that a claim for a psychological injury is being made.
  • Provide the necessary information to the insurance company, i.e. employee and basis for the claim.
  • Confirm with you that the process has been put into motion to review your claim.

Compensation For A Work-Related Psychological Injury

Recovery for a work-related psychological injury will vary depending upon the severity of your injury. For example, a minor case of anxiety might not yield as much as a severe incident that caused significant post-traumatic stress.

Until you’ve presented evidence of the original cause of your psychological injury, received treatment, and had your condition regularly treated and updated, it would be impossible to give the specific amount of damages you might be entitled to.

Can I Seek Compensation For A Psychological Injury That Arises Out Of The Pain, Discomfort & Disability Of A Physical Injury?

The short answer: yes. You can seek compensation for a psychological injury or emotional stress that results from a physical work-related injury.

This type of psychological injury is known as a ‘secondary injury,’ and is quite common. When someone is physically injured or debilitated, the pain and loss he/she suffers can cause depression, anxiety, and a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness.

People can often feel like they’ll never return to work or their old, healthy selves. Being under this kind of pain and pressure can significantly affect one’s mental health – for which an injured person can be compensated.

Therefore, it’s essential that if you’re experiencing any secondary mental health symptoms, due to any work-related physical injury, that you inform your doctor, workers’ comp attorney, and employer immediately.

By doing so, you’ll ensure that your common law claim is expanded to include your mental health issues or psychological illnesses.

Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers

If you think you have suffered a psychological injury at work, please contact Bobe & Snell Law Office LLC. A team of our experienced Atlanta psychological injury lawyers can offer you legal representation and advice about psychological injury compensation, workers’ compensation claims, and more. Please feel free to call us at your earliest convenience to schedule a case review at (470) 268-5802.

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Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers

Atlanta Psychological Injury Lawyers