Workers compensation for depression & anxiety disorder

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Introduction
  • Introduction

    Workers compensation for depression & anxiety disorder

    Depression and anxiety disorders can be grounds for workers' compensation claims. Symptoms of depression include feeling so blue that you cannot get out of bed in the morning. Similarly, if you feel like it is a challenge for you to leave your house or be around people, then you might suffer from an anxiety disorder. To determine whether you have a workers' compensation claim, you need to determine whether either of these conditions arose from something that happened at work.

    Was your depression caused by a work-related event? (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Work Related

    Depression and anxiety disorders can be considered workers' compensation claims if the condition arises out of employment. The condition has to be the result of emotional stress that arose out of a sudden and traumatic event at work; it cannot arise from events occurring over time. An example of a workers' compensation claim for anxiety disorder would be if a software developer lost a computer program and immediately suffered an anxiety attack due to the loss of this program.

    A traumatic work experience can cause a mental disorder. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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    Medical Support

    Once you believe that you have suffered depression or an anxiety disorder from a work-related event, you should file a workers' compensation claim. The first step is to see your physician, who will fill out a report of injury to submit to the state. This report will state that your condition arose from work-related events. All states require medical certification to support a workers' compensation claim. The physician will also give a diagnosis, ability to work statement, and treatment recommendation.

    A physician must diagnose and verify your work-related condition. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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    Worker Statement

    The next step is for you to fill out an accident report with the state. This is a standard form which will be available from your employer. You will need to fill out basic information about yourself and then describe your injury. You should be as concise as possible and explain how your depression or anxiety disorder arose from your employment. You should also note any witnesses to this incident. It may be necessary to have these witnesses support your case.

    In filing a claim, describe your injury and identify any witnesses. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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    Benefits

    An allowed workers' compensation claim for depression or anxiety disorder can give an individual numerous benefits. The most important benefit is treatment for the mental health condition. All medical bills related to the mental health condition will be paid for by the state. Another important benefit is wage replacement. If an individual cannot work due to the depression or anxiety disorder, the state will replace a percentage of the individual's wages until the individual can return to work.

    Treatment of your condition is one of the benefits of workers' compensation. (Jochen Sands/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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