How to deal with stress-related injuries and accidents
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you may have heard of a phenomenon sweeping Japan, where young people are working ridiculous hours, and working themselves to death. This death from overwork is called karoshi, and while we don’t see anything quite that extreme happening in the U.S., overwork can cause intense amounts of stress and lead to stress-related incidents or injuries.
What’s a stress-related injury or incident?
The simple answer is an injury or incident that occurs at work, because of work-related stress. What this means is that the stress causing the injury/incident must be proven to be caused by work, it must be above normal levels of stress for that position, and it must be proven to have resulted in impairment that lead to the incident.
Here are some examples of work-related stress-related injuries:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a workplace violence incident
- Anxiety or depression as a result of excessive pressure place upon an employee by their supervisor/manager/foreman
- Psychiatric injuries such as depression, sleep disorders, panic disorders, or anxiety that result from physical pain, loss of a profession, or diminished functional ability as the result of a work-related injury
- Psychiatric injuries from experiencing violence or sexual violence, or threats of violence or sexual violence, at work
What do I do if I’ve suffered from a stress-related incident or injury?
First, you’ll need to inform your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim. Worker’s compensation will provide you with financial compensation for your medical bills and lost wages that resulted from your injury. Since stress-related injuries are difficult to prove, it’s crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer to assist you in your case, especially since it’s likely that your employer will dispute your claim.
If you believe that you’ve suffered a stress-related injury, the Epstein Law Firm can help you receive the proper compensation for your injuries and ensure your workers’ compensation claim is handled properly. Contact us today for a free consultation!