The word ‘stress’ refers to strain or pressure placed on a person or an object. There are two types of stress that can lead to a workers’ comp stress claim: emotional and physical. When either type of stress results in your physical or emotional injury, it can have a negative impact on every facet of your life.
Most of us are familiar with a certain amount of stress in the workplace. By nature, grouping people together with a diversity of beliefs and personalities is almost likely to create some degree of stress. When the stress is excessive, it can cause emotional and even physical injury.
In California, stress is recognized as a legitimate form of work-related injury. However, you can’t win your claim simply by proving you are under stress. You must also prove that the stress led to a problem that is recognizable as a psychiatric health condition by the state. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, and others as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the APA.
Stress injuries often occur over time with prolonged exposure. If working in a high-stress environment has caused you to experience an emotional or physical injury, contact the personal injury attorneys at The House of Workers’ Compensation. Let a California personal injury attorney evaluate your case to see if you have a valid workers’ comp stress claim.
Most physical stress injuries occur from the repeated actions you perform every day. For example:
- Typing on a keyboard
- Lifting heavy materials
- Assembling items
- Performing machine work
These and many other job-related tasks can cause stress injuries. You don’t have to handle items that are heavy to cause damage to your body. Even small movements like those used to operate a pipette in a lab or a pricing gun in a retail store can result in physical stress to your joints.
Proving a Workers’ Comp Stress Claim in California
Proving emotional damages in any case has always been more challenging than proving physical injuries. The laws regarding stress-related workers’ comp injuries in California are very complex. Getting compensation for your stress-related injury starts with proving that work-related stress caused your injury. The experienced personal injury attorneys from The House of Workers’ Compensation understand the frustration you’re going through. We’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Let us evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.