Many events in a workplace produce stress. A life-threatening workplace injury, bullying by a boss or witnessing a co-worker’s life-threatening accident may cause you to relive the events and suffer post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, an anxiety disorder. You may be fearful of returning to work or wish to avoid certain situations that cause fear. An intense physical and emotional response to reminders of a traumatic event, PTSD is a diagnosable medical condition and is covered by workers’ compensation.
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If you or a loved one has suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD as a result of employment or a workplace incident, you should talk to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney about the benefits you are entitled to receive for PTSD, including lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs.
For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 367-0871. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. help injured workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Workplace Injuries
To collect workers’ compensation for PTSD, you will need to provide medical evidence that the workplace incident was a direct cause of your post-traumatic stress disorder. Under Massachusetts law, workers are eligible for compensation for mental or emotional disabilities such as PTSD if the workplace incident or a work-related physical injury was the contributing cause. You will have to undergo an evaluation by a medical doctor.
Employees in many occupations may experience post-traumatic stress disorder after a highly stressful event. A teacher may experience PTSD after being attacked or threatened by a student. An emergency responder may experience PTSD after working an accident or being attacked or exposed to violence. A construction worker or industrial worker may suffer PTSD after seeing a co-worker killed or seriously injured in a workplace accident. A motor vehicle crash can cause a worker to have post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD is compensable, but the workers’ compensation rules for psychological disabilities are complex. It’s important to have a workers’ compensation attorney who is knowledgeable about Massachusetts workers’ compensation law working for you.
What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available for PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder can leave an employee unable to return to work for an extended period of time. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability or permanent and total disability benefits as a result of a workplace injury causing PTSD. Employee’s workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors, including average weekly wage and degree of incapacity from a workplace injury. A knowledgeable Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney can review your workplace injury and advise you about which benefits you are entitled to collect.
Why You Need A Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation system is set up to ensure that employers have insurance to cover employees who are injured or disabled by workplace injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder. All employees have legal rights to workers’ compensation for work-related PTSD. But injured workers often have difficulty obtaining workers’ compensation for work-related injuries, including psychiatric injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. The employer’s insurance company may try to dispute your PTSD was a workplace injury.
At a hearing at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents to decide your workers’ compensation claim, the insurer will have legal representation trying to deny or minimize the connection between your medical condition and your employment. It’s important that you have aggressive representation, too. You should have a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer standing up for your legal rights and benefits.
Contact our PTSD Injury Lawyers Today
While many Massachusetts lawyers practice in a number of different areas of the law, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., concentrate exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 20 years of experience in all types of workplace injury cases — and we can help you.
We believe in a hands-on approach, providing individual attention to each and every client. We do not pass off cases to other Massachusetts law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.
Our workplace accident attorneys believe strongly that all clients should be well educated with respect to the laws and that they should be active participants in all facets of their workers’ compensation claim. We are ready to answer workplace injury questions from workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates are here to help victims of workplace injuries. You may also call us toll free at (800) 367-0871.