The Challenge Of Work-Related Psychological Injuries

When we think of workplace injuries, we first think of physical injuries. Increasingly, however, people are acknowledging the emotional, mental and psychological bruises we sustain on the job. These can include high anxiety, deep depression and post-traumatic stress.

Connecticut workers’ comp law does allow claims for psychological injuries if they are the result of physical injury. But the accumulated case law surrounding psychological injury claims makes these claims more difficult to pursue than a broken foot or staple gun accident. Psychiatric and mental injuries are hard to pin down because they are not visible or empirically probable. For this reason, workers’ compensation claims for psychological injuries are often denied.

Linking The Psychological And The Physical

At Sousa & Minogue, LLC, of Shelton, we have seen firsthand when a psychological injury is the result or offshoot of a demonstrable physical injury. Depression is a natural occurrence for people who sustain a career-threatening physical injury. It requires treatment as part of the overall injury. Likewise, treatment for serious anxiety or PTSD in the wake of a fall or explosion is a perfectly legitimate claim.

Not every law firm will agree to present claims based on psychological injuries. Our firm understands these injuries are as crippling as — and often even more crippling than — obvious physical injuries.

Let’s Talk About What Happened To You

Our attorneys work with networks of medical and psychiatric authorities to make the strongest possible case for you. And we represent you with great respect for the suffering you have endured, and compassion for your frustration, trying to prove your wounds are real.

Let’s talk about what happened to you, and how it has changed your life. If it’s possible to build a compelling case, we will apply all our energies to obtaining rightful compensation for you.

Call our lawyers — Bob Sousa or Tom Minogue — at 800-807-2893 .

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When I injured my back at work my employer denied that my injury occurred at work. Because of this they would not pay me disability benefits and pay for my doctors’ bills. Since my back injury was so serious that it required surgery I could not work. My not having a pay check placed my family in a bad situation.
Although many of the issues in my case were complex, Attorney Sousa constantly met with me to explain what was going on with my case. He answered all my questions. Without the legal assistance I received from Sousa & Minogue, LLC , I do not know where my family would be today.

— Alfred S.

The law firm of Sousa & Minogue, LLC has represented me in my worker’s compensation claim as a result of injuries to my neck, back, shoulders and knees that I sustained while working as a truck driver for United Parcel Service.

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Around six years ago my wife and I were going through some severe medical conditions which were attributed to work related injuries. We had no money coming in and things were beginning to get pretty hectic. I didn’t know what to do.
When I came to Attorney Sousa I was in financial difficulties and had bill collectors chasing me all over the place. He was able to get me the money I needed and the surgery to fix me. I owe my life to Attorney Sousa.

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I worked at UPS as a package car driver, while working, my truck was struck by another vehicle. The other driver was at fault. I sustained serious injuries, that with the assistance of great doctors and my family I have recovered from.

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I have worked at Sikorsky Aircraft for over 32 years. As everyone knows who works there, our jobs are physically demanding and as a result we are often injured in the course of our employment. This is what happened to me. I injured my back while working.

— Ruth W.

I retained Attorney Sousa to represent me when I was injured at work. Initially I was concerned that if I pursued a claim I might lose my job. Attorney Sousa explained to me the law protected me from my employer discharging me because I filed a workers compensation claim.

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I worked for UPS at the Stratford terminal for fifteen (15) years as a package car driver. While working I sustained a number of serious injuries, injuries that required multiple surgeries and caused me to miss a significant time out of work.

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I was employed by the City of Stamford for over 25 years. During the course of my employment I sustained a serious injury to my back. I retained Attorney Sousa to represent me with respect to my workers’ compensation claim.

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