While the majority of workers’ compensation claims are brought about due to a physical injury, mental injuries and illnesses can also be a cause for claiming workers’ compensation. Depression is an illness just like any other, and it can be as debilitating as a broken leg. Therefore it should be and is taken as seriously under the law.
If you are suffering from depression as a result of your working environment, it is likely that you will be unable to work productively for some time. Due to the wages you lose and the medical bills you will undoubtedly need to pay for treatment, you may have also lost a significant amount of money. However, workers’ compensation could help to cover these costs if you take appropriate action. The following are some things that you should know.
Physical injuries can lead to depression
If you were physically injured in the workplace, you may suffer from depression during your recovery. The stress and helplessness you feel after you have been injured may make you lose interest in the things you used to enjoy.
Your depression must be work-related
Depression can be caused by many different things. If you believe that the stress or toxic environment of your workplace caused by your workplace caused your depression, you will need to provide a convincing case.
It is possible to gain workers’ compensation for depression that was caused by the working environment. However, you will need to provide evidence to show causation and take early action to understand how the law works. By doing so, you will have a good chance of gaining the compensation that you deserve.