In Ohio, workers compensation covers mental injuries that are caused by work-related stressors. To be eligible for benefits, the worker must be able to show that the stressor was excessive and that it caused a mental injury. The mental injury must be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional. Admittedly, this is complicated. Mental health can only be allowed on a claim if it is the result of a physical injury on the job, but there is some nuance to this.
There are a few ways to prove emotional injuries for workers compensation. One is to show that the work environment was so stressful that it caused physical symptoms like headaches or stomach problems. Another way is to have a mental health professional diagnose a condition like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety and show that it was caused by the work environment. Finally, you can sometimes prove emotional injuries by showing that the work environment was so bad that it interfered with your personal life or caused financial problems.
What are some stressors associated with work related mental injury
There are many stressors that can lead to work-related mental injury. These include long hours, tight deadlines, demanding bosses and clients, and a high level of responsibility. Other factors such as job insecurity, financial worries, and family problems can also contribute to work-related stress. Just because these conditions may exist does not mean a claim is valid or warranted.
There are a variety of emotional injuries that can be claimed with workers compensation. These include stress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In order to receive benefits for these injuries, you must be able to prove that they are directly related to your job and that they are severe enough to impact your ability to work.
This area is probably one of the most difficult to navigate. It warrants a discussion obviously with a qualified medical professional and if it seems worth pursuing, conult with an experience workers compensation attorney.