When you think of a workplace injury, you probably envision a broken bone or other physical damage. Mental health is another factor that can cause problems in the workplace. Whether you are experiencing the long term effects of something ongoing on the job or the shock of witnessing an accident or incident, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation.
Missing Work Due to Mental Injury
If you have to miss work due to mental injury directly related to your job, it may be time to file a claim. It’s important to note that you will need to see a medical professional to substantiate your claim.
If you seek medical treatment due to anxiety, shock, and/or stress, you may be able to receive a maximum of 2 years’ worth of income payments from WorkCover insurance.
Prove Your Workers Compensation Claim
A connection between mental illness and your job must be made in order to receive workers compensation. Claiming to be stressed is not sufficient. The first step is establishing that the condition exists by seeing a medical professional. Then you must prove it was caused in the workplace.
Those who recently lost a loved one, dealt with a divorce, or had other major life changes may have a tough time proving the connection. An argument could be made that the psychological condition was brought on by these events and not the job. Compensation is also not paid out if the cause involves reasonable management action, like a demotion, discipline, or dismissal.
Find out if you could be eligible for a workers compensation claim by contacting Carew Lawyers today.