The Challenge Of Work-Related Psychological Injuries
When we think of workplace injuries, we first think of physical injuries. Increasingly, however, the emotional, mental and psychological bruises we suffer on the job are being acknowledged. These mental injuries can include high anxiety, deep depression and post-traumatic stress.
Connecticut workers’ comp law does allow claims for psychological injuries if these injuries 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 such as PTSD are hard to pin down because they are not visible or empirically probable. Sadly, for this reason, workers’ compensation claims for psychological injuries are often denied.
The Psychological And Physical Injury Connection
At Sousa & Minogue, LLC, of Shelton, we have seen firsthand how a psychological injury results from a demonstrable physical injury. Depression is a natural occurrence for people who suffer a career-threatening physical injury. Depression, if left untreated, can become debilitating and lead to suicidal ideation. Therefore depression needs to be readily identified and treated 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. With our extensive experience in Connecticut workers’ compensation law and injury cases, we understand these injuries are as crippling as – and often even more debilitating than – obvious physical harm and injuries.
Let’s Talk About What Happened To You
At Sousa & Minogue, LLC, we are your stalwart and dedicated advocates. We do everything we can to ensure you get the help and compensation you need and deserve. We work with networks of medical and psychiatric authorities to make the strongest possible case for you. We understand the devastation and exhaustion this mental stress can have on you. We have great respect for the suffering you have endured, and compassion for your frustration, trying to prove your wounds are real.
Take The First Step To Achieving Complete Wellness
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 888-973-8204. You can also reach out via email, and we will be in touch promptly.