Psychiatric injuries at work: How do we prove that they are caused by work?
Work-related psychiatric injuries are compensable in California. This means that workers who suffer a psychiatric injury as a result of their work may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
However, proving that a psychiatric injury is caused by work can be difficult. Employers and insurance companies may refuse to pay benefits on the grounds that the injury is personal or not work-related.
To prove that a psychiatric injury is caused by work, the worker must present evidence showing that:
- The injury occurred in the course and in the scope of work.
- The injury was caused by an event or condition at work.
- The injury had a significant impact on the worker’s ability to work.
Tests that can help prove that a psychiatric injury is caused by work may include:
- Medical documents documenting the psychiatric injury.
- Testimony from witnesses who can describe the event or condition that caused the injury.
- Workplace records documenting the event or condition that caused the injury.
In some cases, the worker may also have to provide evidence that the injury was not caused by personal or non-work factors.
Tips for Filing a Psychiatric Injury Lawsuit
If you are filing a claim for psychiatric injuries, here are some tips that may help you:
- Document everything. The more you document about your injury, the better. This includes keeping copies of all medical documents, workplace records, and other relevant documents.
- Talk to a lawyer. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you know your rights and properly file your claim.
- Be patient. The process of filing a claim can take time. Follow your lawyer’s instructions.
Work-related psychiatric injuries can be devastating for workers. If you have suffered a psychiatric injury as a result of your work, it is essential that you know that you have rights. With the help of Julie O Legal, you will be able to get the benefits you need to recover and return to your normal life.