Depression and anxiety disorders can be grounds for workers' compensation claims. Symptoms of depression include feeling so blue that you cannot get out of bed in the morning. Similarly, if you feel like it is a challenge for you to leave your house or be around people, then you might suffer from an anxiety disorder. To know if you might have a workers' compensation claim, you need to figure out whether these conditions developed from something that happened at work.
Depression and anxiety disorders can lead to workers' compensation claims if the condition arises from something that happened on the job. The condition has to be the result of a sudden and traumatic event at work; it cannot arise from events occurring over time. For example, someone who lost important work after a computer failure and immediately suffered an anxiety attack might be able to file a claim.
If you believe that you have suffered depression or an anxiety disorder from a work-related event, you can file a workers' compensation claim. The first step is to see your physician, who will fill out the necessary forms. The doctor will explain your condition and how it arose from events at works. All states require medical certification to support a workers' compensation claim. The physician will also give a diagnosis, an opinion on your ability to work, and recommendations for treatment.
The next step is for you to fill out an accident report with the state. This is a standard form which will be available from your employer. You will need to fill out basic information about yourself and then describe what happened. You should be as concise as possible and explain how your condition developed from your work. You should also point out any witnesses to whatever event caused the condition. It may be necessary to have these witnesses support your case.
Workers' compensation claims can provide a variety of benefits. The most important benefit is generally treatment for the mental health condition. All medical bills related to the mental health condition will be paid for by the state. Another important benefit is wage replacement. If you can't work due to your condition, the state will provide you at least a percentage of your normal pay until you're able to get back to work.
- Revised Code of Washington Title 51: Injury
- Texas Office of Injured Employee Counsel: Notice of Injured Employee Rights and Responsibilities in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System
- Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Mental Health Services
- Mass.gov: Workers Compensation in Massachusetts
- U.S. Department of Labor: Workers' Compensation