FAQ: Compensation For Mental Health Injuries
Many people believe that workers’ compensation only applies to physical injuries, but that is not the case. At Golden Law Firm, we can help you seek and recover compensation for any mental health injuries from work, no matter your situation.
Some of the most common questions we receive about mental health compensation include:
Do I need to provide notice of a work injury to my employer?
Yes. It is necessary to report any injury to your employer if you decide to pursue workers’ compensation, even mental health injuries. As soon as you discover that you have suffered a work related mental injury you should report it to your employer. Don’t assume that because you suffered a physical injury at work that your mental injury will automatically be covered.
What kinds of injuries can be compensated?
Mental injuries are compensable under Pennsylvania law. The nature of your mental injury and its cause will determine whether you can receive workers’ compensation benefits. The rules for mental injuries are complex and you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you learn that you have suffered a mental injury or a physical injury that has caused you to develop a mental health condition.
Do I have to suffer a physical injury to receive mental injury benefits?
No, you do not. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law compensates mental injuries that are caused or aggravated by abnormal working conditions, even if you haven’t suffered a physical injury. The law surrounding abnormal working condition mental health injuries is very complex and based on the facts of your particular case. These cases are often difficult to win. It is important to talk to an attorney if you believe that you have suffered a mental health injury caused by abnormal work conditions.
What kind of benefits can I receive?
You can receive the same benefits you would for any physical injury, including:
- Reimbursement for lost wages
- Compensation for medical expenses
- Lump sum settlements
You Have Questions; We Have Answers
You deserve as much compensation for a mental health injury as you do for a physical injury. However, it can be difficult to prove that work conditions caused a mental health condition. Seeking representation for your workers’ compensation claim can help make it easier. No matter the challenge, Golden Law Firm is on your side. Call our Williamsport office at 570-980-1718 or email us to arrange a free consultation to discuss the specific details of your situation with a lawyer.