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.
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