A sudden traumatic Philadelphia workplace injury can have an immense impact on your life, your livelihood, and the lives of your family members. Often an unknown side effect of a traumatic injury is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can far outlast any physical effects that result from a workplace injury, furthering the inability for an individual to return to work in a full capacity.
What is PTSD?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder occurs when an individual experiences a terrifying ordeal that involves physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The experience may happen to an individual, their loved ones, or an individual who witnessed a specifically traumatic event where others were threatened or harmed. PTSD can cause an individual to be stressed or frightened even when dangerous threats are no longer present.
PTSD’s Effects on Workers
Studies have shown that injured individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD are up to six times more likely to not return to work within a year of their injury. PTSD can result in employees feeling nervous, anxious or even afraid of past duties, even if physically they are able to perform the tasks.
PTSD and Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation
There is hope for many individuals who suffer from debilitating PTSD as a result of a Pennsylvania workplace injury. If you are actively seeking treatment for your injuries, as well as your PTSD, you may have grounds to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You should discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to better understand what your rights are under Pennsylvania law.
PTSD from a Philadelphia workplace injury can severely impact every aspect of your life. It is imperative to know you are not alone, and do not need to face the insurance companies on your own. The dedicated legal team at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo are here to help you navigate the workers’ compensation program and get you the benefits you need to help rebuild your life. For a free consultation, call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675).