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When most people think of workplace injuries, they think of some kind of traumatic injury. However, not all workplace injuries are the same. Some are indeed traumatic incidents. Others, though, can include mental health injuries. At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. Today, our Los Angeles mental health claims attorneys want to discuss how the workplace can affect a person’s mental health.
According to Safety and Health Magazine, workplace stress contributed to poor physical and mental outcomes for employees. While this may be understood intuitively by anyone who has been in a stressful work environment, we need to make it clear – workplace stress can cause both physical and mental injuries.
There are certain jobs that have more stress on a regular basis than others. This can include police, fire, and EMS, as well as jobs like social workers. However, any job has the potential to become harmful for workers under the right circumstances.
Other than the natural work environment, what can contribute to workplace stress?
A 2015 meta-analysis of 228 studies conducted by researchers from Stanford and Harvard, found that “common workplace stressors increase individuals’ risk of self-rated poor health, self-rated mental illnesses, physician-reported illness and even mortality.”
“There is a growing evidence base that shows a connection between workplace stress and the development of depression and anxiety disorders,” one of the researchers said.
Employers lose billions of dollars in productivity each year due to worker mental health illnesses, but it is the workers we want to focus on.
Who takes care of them when they sustain a workplace mental health injury?
In most cases, these illnesses should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, they can be difficult to prove. Pinpointing the exact cause may take some leg work on the part of a worker’s compensation attorney who is familiar with mental health claims. It is vital that injured workers get the help they need.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a mental health injury that was caused by the workplace, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you through this. These injuries must be taken seriously by your employer. We will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include: