When you think about work injuries, you probably think of those that have physical manifestations. For example, head injuries or lacerations can be caused by accidents at work.
What you may not think about as much are the psychological injuries that could occur. Did you know that workers’ compensation often covers psychological injuries so long as they’re linked to your job? Some times when you can seek benefits include when:
- You have been through a traumatic event at work and struggle with anxiety over returning to work
- You have physical injuries that have led to depression or have worsened depression as a result
- You’ve suffered psychological abuse or harassment that has led to mental health concerns
There are dozens of reasons why a person might suffer from job-related psychological injuries. These injuries should be of importance to your employer, because they are just as damaging as any kind of physical wound.
Psychological injuries can be primary or secondary to another kind of injury. A secondary injury is usually a result of a physical injury, such as getting hurt at work. Primary psychological injuries are directly related to job stress, bullying or harassment or even dealing with difficult customers. Fear and stress are emotions that can built up over time and lead to significant psychological challenges. While both are valid, they tend to be treated differently under the law.
If you are struggling with mental health concerns that have been worsened by your job or that have developed during your time there, it’s important to reach out to your employer. There may be solutions like lightening your workload or giving you time off that could help. You may also be able to seek workers’ compensation or disability benefits, so you can seek medical treatment and support. This isn’t something that you should have to go through alone.