Is PTSD A Qualifying Workers' Compensation Ailment?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often in the news in connection with military service injuries. However, PTSD can affect anyone who has suffered trauma. Do not discount the possibility of a PTSD diagnosis after you have suffered any type of work-related injury.

If your injury took place while you were working and resulted in a stress disorder, the PTSD may count as a workplace injury as well as other, more visible injuries. You may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. Benefits may cover medical treatment for your PTSD symptoms and replace part of your wages when you are unable to continue working temporarily. You may also be entitled to permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits

If Your PTSD Occurred As A Result Of A Specific Injury Event At Work

How will you prove that your PTSD was caused by a workplace injury? A PTSD diagnosis is not as clear-cut as diagnoses of other types of injuries such as a broken bone, an amputation or a back or neck injury. You and your doctors may be able to pinpoint a specific event on the job that left you with PTSD and/or other injuries. In such a case, you may file a workers' compensation claim in connection with this diagnosis.

If Your PTSD Was A Result Of A Disaster On The Job

Post-traumatic stress disorder may, in fact, be the only injury you suffered after a traumatic event on the job. You may need therapy and time off work after:

  • You were a first responder (a firefighter, police officer or an emergency medical technician) after a catastrophe such as an explosion or fire.
  • You witnessed a violent attack or its aftermath during your work as a teacher, guard or emergency room (ER) medical care provider.

A workers' compensation lawyer can help you pursue benefits you are eligible for in such cases.

PTSD Workers' Comp Claims Are Best Handled By Knowledgeable Attorneys

The examples described on this page are not all-inclusive. Your case may involve special factors such as the question of pre-existing PTSD that was triggered by a stressful event at work. Whatever unique facts make up your potential PTSD-related workers' compensation claim, Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., has the experience necessary to guide you as you pursue the most favorable workers' comp PTSD benefits attainable in your case.

Turn To An Established Workers' Compensation Law Firm

You may well encounter challenges along the road to obtaining your workers' compensation benefits on the basis of PTSD. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., with offices in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland, offers free initial consultations in this area of workers' compensation law. Let us give you an honest evaluation of your situation and help you determine your next step. Call 443-529-0795 (410-332-0045 on nights or weekends) or complete and send the intake form on our "Contact" page to request a free consultation.