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On behalf of Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz posted in Workers Compensation on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Unnecessary work stress can arise under certain circumstances. You should be able to leave your work stress at your job. There is no reason to bring home stress from work, especially when you are not on the clock for it. Stressful situations may trigger mental health concerns that can have a lasting effect. Suffering from a mental illness can place more stress on your plate. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry, & Katz, our Van Nuys mental health claims attorneys recognize mental health matters and mental health issues can cause a debilitating effect in your everyday life.

Recognizing The Types Of Mental Illnesses

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 adults in the US has a mental illness. In addition, 71% of adults experience at least one symptom of stress.

Mental stressors can cause the body to go through physical health problems. When your mind is being attacked, your body also goes under attack and begins to cause physical health conditions. The following are effects of physical health issues due to a mental illness:

  • Risk of heart attack
  • Weakened immune system
  • Fatigue
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight fluctuations

Unhealthy weight fluctuations can cause you to have stomach cramps, stomach aches, malnutrition, and constipation. It is important to maintain a well-balanced diet when experiencing a mental illness.

High-demanding jobs require a lot from their employees. A career in which there are hostile workplace conditions can cause anxiety and panic attacks.

Traumatic workplace incidents can induce PTSD in employees. Catastrophic workplace events can include:

  • Violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace accidents
  • Other Hostile work environments

Employees feeling overwhelmed with work stress can develop clinical depression and sleep disorders that harm their job performance.

Stress can exacerbate many mental illnesses, such as the following:

  • Major depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Workers’ Compensation Covers Mental Health Impairments

Proving your mental health impairments is job-related can get challenging. Luckily, attorneys have an understanding of how to handle mental health claims with employers and insurance companies.

You would need to have a condition established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In addition, the worker must show that their condition has worsened as a result of their job. Although the mental health claim cannot be due to job termination or criticism from the employer.

A physician overseeing the employee’s care must submit their health history, official diagnosis, and treatment to support the mental health claim.

There is a stigma associated with Mental illness, so it can be more challenging to defend the claim, but it is not impossible with the right attorney.

It Is Time To Hire An Experienced Mental Health Claims Attorney

The workplace can be an environment full of stressors, but your mental health should not suffer as a result. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry, & Katz, our Van Nuys mental health claims attorneys are ready to take action in representing your claim. We understand how important mental health is and believe your rights should be protected. Unfortunately, work stress can wreak havoc on your mental health.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a work-related mental health issue, contact us today for a free consultation by calling us at 800-747-3447 or by clicking here.

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