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Holiday Season Stress: Workers’ Compensation for Stress-Related Injury and Anxiety

As an employee in the State of California, it is important to know that not all job-related injuries are temporary. Countless of California workers can relate to having stressful situations at work. This is particularly evident during the holiday season. Unlike the short-lived holiday season, some job-related stress can end in serious lifelong health problems. As the holiday season continues, many California workers can fail to recognize that they may have the opportunity to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for job-related stress injuries.

In the event that you have suffered from stress or anxiety due to job-related problems, it is important to know that California law is not explicit about covering these types of health concerns. As an injured person, however, you may have the opportunity to seek benefits if you have sustained psychiatric injuries. Seek the legal advice and support of a skilled attorney that has experience in dealing with workers’ compensation benefits. A skilled attorney will review your case and help you determine what the best course of legal action is. This article will highlight important elements you should consider if you are suffering from stress or anxiety health concerns due to your line of work.

Receiving Benefits in the State of California

As previously mentioned, you many have the opportunity to file a claim for benefits if your injuries fall under specific circumstances. For instance, in the event that you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder or mental health concern that requires medical treatment as a result of work or work related aspects, your employer is required to offer benefits to help you recover. Your employer will also need to ensure your job is open for when you are able to return.If you are seeking to file a workers’ compensation claim for stress or anxiety, it is vital to the claim that your condition was caused due to your line of work. Seek the legal advice of skilled attorney who can help you file the claim.

Identifying Factors of Psychiatric Injury

According to the State’s Labor Code, you might be able to obtain benefits for a psychiatric grievance in the event that the following conditions apply:

  • You have been employed at the company where the injury occurred for a minimum of six months.
  • Your condition is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • You are able to demonstrate that your job caused your medical condition by a predetermined percentage.
  • Actions taken on good faith by your employer on your work didn’t result in your condition.
  • The legal process itself was not the cause of the condition.
  • The claim filed was contingent on a medical condition after the employment termination, unless the employer was aware of the injury and/or medical treatment before the employment termination.

The Bottom Line: Seek Legal Support

California employees who work during the holidays are highly susceptible to job-related stress and anxiety. While the holiday season may be temporary, job-related stress or anxiety can cause health problems that have the potential to last a lifetime. In the event that you have sustained stress or anxiety health conditions due to your employment, seek the legal support of a trusted attorney who can help you file a workers’ compensation claim.

Attorney Albert E. Hirst is highly skilled in the field of premises liability claims. He has tirelessly dedicated his profession to helping victims injured as a result of negligence or workplace accidents. Premises liability claims are extremely time sensitive. It is important to file a personal injury claim as soon as possible. Furthermore, injuries sustained from a negligent government entity can be costly; seek legal support to recover financial compensation for injuries sustained as a result of carelessness.