Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Worker's Comp Claims

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly known as a consequence of military combat.

But being involved in or even witnessing any kind of terrible accident can cause psychological and biological changes diagnosable as PTSD.

If a person’s exposure to an accident or other traumatic event occurred as part of his or her job and adversely affects the ability to perform job functions afterward, he or she may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina.

Our Charleston workers compensation lawyers help clients suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with their workers’ compensation claim.
To find out how we can help you, call us at 877-936-9707 or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential claim evaluation.

The workers’ compensation attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help if you have been affected by PTSD related to your work. We can represent your rights if your workers’ comp claim has been challenged or if you are having problems meeting the demands of the South Carolina workers’ compensation system.

Call Joye Law Firm now or use this online contact form to schedule a free discussion of your claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Anyone may develop PTSD after a traumatic event. As the name implies, it is the shock (trauma) of an incident that causes disabling stress to surface sometime afterward (post-traumatic). It isn’t known why PTSD affects some people but not others involved in the same event.

Any traumatic event – at work, school, on the street or at home – may cause PTSD. Witnessing an accident that seriously injures a friend, co-worker or family member, or the unexpected death of a loved one may trigger PTSD symptoms.

PTSD victims may suffer such experiences as:

  • Reliving the traumatic event though flashbacks, nightmares or becoming fixated on the accident.
  • Emotional withdrawal because of intense “survivor’s guilt,” depression or anxiety.
  • Hyperarousal, or continual stress or anger, resulting in outbursts, trouble sleeping or being easily startled.

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start soon after an event or years later. Once they start they may come and go. Symptoms may become more intense when the victim is placed under stress or if something reminds the victim of the incident that initiated the problems.

PTSD may be treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy to help the victim learn how to live with the traumatic event.

In severe cases, PTSD symptoms can disrupt the victim’s life and make it hard for him or her to continue with daily activities, including holding a job and performing its duties.

Workers’ Comp Claims for PTSD

To obtain a diagnosis of PTSD, you must be able to show that you were subjected to a situation in which you were afraid for your safety or your life, or that you experienced something that made you feel fear, helplessness or horror.

To show that a diagnosis of PTSD is related to your job for a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina, you must show that the traumatic event that caused your condition was extraordinary and unusual in comparison to the normal conditions of your job. This would include most potential trauma-inducing work-related accidents, such as a fire or explosion, or witnessing a co-worker’s gruesome injury from a fall or becoming caught in machinery.

Some people dismiss mental illnesses, including claims of PTSD symptoms. For an employer that must pay for workers’ compensation through insurance, it is financially beneficial to challenge a workers’ compensation claim based on a diagnosis of PTSD.

But you don’t have to let this happen to you. A workers’ compensation lawyer from Joye Law Firm can help you compile the documentation you need to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits based on a PTSD diagnosis. We can assist you in developing and filing an initial workers’ comp claim or appealing an unsatisfactory decision about your claim.

A workers’ compensation claim must surmount several legal hurdles, including strict time deadlines. Joye Law Firm can help you make sure your PTSD is properly documented and that all necessary paperwork is completed and filed on time. We can also help ensure that you have documented all treatment for PTSD, which may be reimbursed as part of a proper workers’ compensation settlement.

Let Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Help with a PTSD Claim

If you suffer from PTSD caused by a catastrophic injury or another traumatic event that is related to your employment, you may have a valid workers’ comp claim in South Carolina. But the system can be complicated, and claims are often challenged by employers, especially claims related to mental health.

You don’t have to go it alone. Joye Law Firm has fought for injured people in South Carolina since 1968. Call Joye Law Firm now or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation about developing a strong workers’ comp claim.

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