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Officer files workers's compensation claim for mental injury

The most common on the job injuries or illnesses are physical in nature. Whether they are short term or long term in effect, workplace illness or injury can negatively affect an employee down the road. This is very much the case when an alleged work-related illness is mental or psychiatric in nature. Mental illness or depression that results from a job situation can be the cause for a workers' compensation claim.

A former campus police officer at the University of California, Davis has filed a new workers' compensation claim for psychiatric injury. The officer asserts that the events of a 2011 Occupy protest o campus, where he was seen dousing students with pepper spray caused a mental illness. Videos of the actions were posted online followed by many threats against him. 

The officer was fired from his campus position in July 2012 when investigators deemed that the pepper-spraying was not needed and should not have occurred. The incident was severe enough that courts at the time ruled to keep the names of all other officers involved confidential. A new ruling this past week now gives authority for those names to be released to the press.

Determination of mental or psychiatric illness or injury as a result of a workplace situation, environment or incident may not be completely black and white. If you suspect that you or someone you know suffers from such an ailment, it may be in your best interest to seek legal counsel to determine if you have just cause for a workers’ compensation claim or other action. 

Source: Huffington Post, “John Pike, pepper-spraying cop, seeks workers comp from UC Davis,” July 26, 2013   

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