Post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) is a condition that can result after having experienced or seen a traumatic incident. For injured workers, PTSD can be due to a variety of factors, such as the severity of the injury, the threat of death or serious injury, or the feeling of loss of control or uncertainty.
PTSD can cause a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, which can make it hard to function on a daily basis. Physical symptoms can include sleep problems, headaches, digestive problems, and muscle tension. Emotional symptoms can include anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and intrusive thoughts.
Coping with PTSD:
If you think you may be suffering from PTSD, it is crucial to find professional assistance. A trained therapist can guide you in understanding your condition and help you develop a treatment program.
Here are some tips that can help injured workers cope with PTSD:
- Recognize your symptoms: The first step in dealing with PTSD is to recognize your symptoms. Once you know what you are experiencing, you can begin to seek help.
- Talk to someone: Speaking to someone about what you have experienced can be very helpful. You can talk to a friend, family member, therapist, or counselor.
- Take care of yourself: Be sure to take care of your physical and mental health. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs: Alcohol and drugs can make the symptoms of PTSD worse.
- Try different treatments: Not all treatments work for everyone. Try different treatments until you find one that works for you.
Workers’ compensation benefits:
In California, injured workers who have PTSD may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may include
- Temporary disability payments
- Permanent disability payments
- Payments for medical expenses
- Rehabilitation services
It is essential to work with a therapist or physician who has experience treating PTSD. Treatment should be individualized to address each person’s specific needs.
If you believe you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, it is a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. At Julie O Legal, we can help you understand your legal rights and assist you in filing a compensation claim.