Picture this: You work the graveyard shift at a gas station by yourself. A man comes in and demands that you empty the cash from the register or he will shoot you while holding you at gunpoint.
You do what he says because that is what you are trained to do. When he leaves, you call the police and give a statement.
In the days that follow, you find that you are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to the point that you can’t even think about going back to work.
You can’t eat. You can’t sleep. You can’t be alone at work. You suffer from PTSD.
Keep reading to learn how psychological injury can be covered by workers’ compensation policies in New York.
New York State requires that employers provide their employees with benefits that cover any medical bills and wages lost by a work-related accident.
The short answer is that yes, psychological injuries can be covered under workers’ compensation… (Yeah, you guessed it, there’s a but coming.) But it has to meet certain requirements.
The Workers’ Compensation Board doesn’t accept the average, everyday stress of your job as a legitimate cause of mental illness or psychological trauma. The increased workload or arguments among coworkers are considered within normal stress levels.
It’s difficult to prove that your place of employment caused your psychological injury, but it’s not impossible.
You may be eligible for workers’ compensation if:
You must have thorough documentation of the diagnosis of your psychological injury. A workers’ compensation psychologist can help you with this.
We can help you find the perfect workers’ compensation psychologist. These doctors are covered under New York’s Workers’ Compensation policies and they can help you diagnose a psychological issue and determine if it was caused by a work injury or traumatic event at work.
If that’s the case, you could be well on your way to workers’ compensation in New York State.
It’s our mission to connect you with all of the resources that you may need in a workers’ compensation claim. We can link you with vetted doctors who are experienced in assisting workers through their work-related accidents. They can assist you with any of your workers’ compensation needs.
If you are not sure whether or not your psychological injury could be covered by New York’s Workers’ Compensation policies, contact us today and we can get you started on your journey to recovery. Call 1-800-897-8440 and get help today.
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