Am I Entitled to Workers’ Comp for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

A serious workplace accident can hurt the victim in every way – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Long after the physical damage has healed, emotional and mental trauma may remain. Workers’ compensation does not just apply to the physical harm caused by job-related injuries. If you have suffered significant psychological distress due to a traumatizing accident at work, our Atlanta firm wants to help you receive the compensation you need to begin on the road to recovery. No, you are not crazy. You need to understand that there is an emotional component to all injuries. This can manifest itself as a reaction to the trauma itself or the chronic consequences of the same.

Grating pain, depression, fear, and hopelessness in the face of the inability to provide for yourself and your family can be as debilitating as the injury itself. Many people do not fully comprehend that there is a very real vocational component to the psychological aspects of an injury. If you have anxiety, you can’t focus; if you can’t focus, you cannot stay on task or follow complex instructions. If you cannot do that, then you cannot safely work. There are many other examples. Frequently, the emotional impact of an injury can tip the scales of whether the same is catastrophic.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that affects many victims of work-related injuries. Certain “triggers” can cause the sufferer to experience the heightened awareness and adrenaline rush associated with the body’s “survival mode,” leaving him or her unable to cope with many everyday situations. Other symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Nausea

  • Heart palpitations

  • Accelerated pulse

  • Sudden sweating

  • Dizziness

  • Hazy vision

  • Sudden and extreme anxiety

  • Anger

In recent years, brain scans have clearly demonstrated the pathological effects that significant trauma can leave on a person. PTSD is not just an imagined response. Medical experts have discovered that this condition physically alters the chemistry of the victim’s body and brain. Some potentially effective treatments for PTSD include counseling, therapy, medications, and a method called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

As you begin the process of recovery, consult our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your case in a free consultation. We are prepared to discover the compensatory benefits that may be available to you. Attorney Gilbert has more than three decades of hardline experience, and his practice is marked by a proven dedication to fighting for the best interests of his clients. When you contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gilbert, you can rest assured that your catastrophic injury case will be in good hands.