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Workers compensation for psychological injuries – what you need to know?
Make no mistake, psychological injuries sustained in the workplace can be just as if not more damaging than a serious physical injury. Which is why I want to highlight workers compensation for psychological injuries, and hopefully help you determine if you have a valid claim.
In over 15 years in personal injury law, I’ve seen some devastating psychological injuries that have wreaked havoc on the individual, their family and their wider support network. And like physical injuries, psychological injuries don’t discriminate – it can strike down anyone at any time and claiming workers compensation is often the only way to help their life back on track.
What is a psychological injury?
A psychological injury is when an individual suffers from a diagnosed psychiatric condition that has been caused by a particular event.
In the workplace these events can be;
Working dangerous hours
A physical injury
Under the NSW workers compensation system or ‘WorkCover’ as it’s often referred to as, the following psychological injuries are covered;
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Unfortunately, a diagnosis of stress does not make you eligible for workers compensation.
What you need to prove to be successful with your claim
In order to be eligible to make a psychological injury workers compensation claim you not only have to be diagnosed with one of the four recognised psychological conditions but you have to prove;
The injury occurred during the cause of your employment
Work was a significant contributing factor
How to find out if you have a valid claim
The processes involved in claiming worker compensation for a psychological injury from your illness is quite different from physical injuries, and, in a lot of cases, it’s more complex. Navigating the system on your own, particularly when you’re unwell is an extremely difficult task – which is why it’s best to reach out to a workers compensation specialist even if it’s for free advice so you’re aware of your options.
Hopefully this has been helpful to you, but if you’re still unsure about psychological injuries or need help with your claim, call us and you can have a confidential conversation with one of our workers compensation specialist lawyers today.