When Can You Claim Workers Compensation for Mental Illnesses?
July 18, 2013
Under Pennsylvania law, you can claim workers compensation for mental illnesses where the mental illness is triggered in the course of your employment. In this instance, mental illnesses can be divided into three different categories:
- Mental/physical. This is where a psychological stimulus leads to a physical injury, for example, suffering from migraines as a result of harassment in the workplace
- Physical/mental. This is where a physical stimulus leads to a psychological illness, for example, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder after a work accident
- Mental/mental. This is where a mental stimulus leads to a mental injury
To be entitled to compensation in a case of the mental/mental category, it may be necessary to show that you worked under abnormal conditions.
In this case, the minor injuries Mr. Kalmanowicz suffered from the collision were sufficient for the court to place him into the physical/mental category. In this category, Mr. Kalmanowicz did not have to prove that abnormal working conditions caused his current medical condition.
If you are suffering from a mental illness connected to your employment, you should approach a Berks County workers compensation attorney for a consultation and a thorough analysis of your case.