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Can you receive workers’ comp for stress or anxiety?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2021 | Workers’ Compensation

Many Kentucky residents have gone through a period of extreme stress in their lives. While most people suffer from stress or anxiety at work, it typically doesn’t impact their ability to do their job. But there are situations in which an employee is not able to do their job due to mental illness and in some cases, they may be eligible for worker’s compensation.

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance that a company is required to purchase to protect their employees in case they are injured on the job. If a person suffers an injury or illness because of their job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Workers’ compensation and mental health

Mental health can be a reason a person receives workers’ compensation if it interferes with their ability to do their job. There are employees who work in environments that can lead to a diagnosis of a mental health illness. For example, a nurse in an emergency room can experience trauma from seeing frequent accident victims. If his ability to work is compromised they may be eligible for worker’s compensation to help him recover.

Workers’ compensation attorney

If an employee is wondering if they qualify for workers’ compensation, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in workers’ comp. An attorney can advise their client on what their options may be. They can investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury and can develop an effective strategy tailored for their client’s concerns. A mental health illness can be a reason for workers’ compensation to be awarded.