Exposure to a Traumatic or Stressful Event and Getting Workers Comp
One of the things that can produce a work related injury or illness is exposure to a traumatic or stressful event that takes place at work. If you have been injured as a result of exposure to a traumatic or stressful event that arises out of and in the course of doing your job for your employer, you may need legal help if you are having trouble getting workers comp.
A traumatic event is defined as being an experience that causes physical, psychological, emotional distress, or harm. A traumatic event is an event that is experienced and perceived as a threat to your safety or the stability of your world.
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Work Related Exposure to a Traumatic or Stressful Event?
The important thing for you to know is that you can get workers comp for your injuries or illnesses that were caused by work related exposure to a traumatic or stressful event. Contact a workers comp lawyer and get a free case evaulation if you are having trouble getting your workers comp.
A stressful event is an event which brings about a feeling or condition that you experience in which you perceive that demands being made exceed the personal and social resources that you are able to mobilize. In other words, a stressful event is one in which you do not feel like you have the time, resources and experience to manage a situation.
There are many ways in which exposure to a traumatic or stressful event can take place in your workplace. Some of these are:
- Violent physical attacks
- Search and rescue activities
- Attempted or completed suicide
- Serious injury or death of a person
- Physical threats
- Witnessing a person die
- Site investigation and body recovery that follows a major disaster or accident
- Unintentional or intentional release of infectious agents or chemicals
- Explosions, fire or bomb threats
- Being the object of harassment that includes being placed in a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening situation
- Witnessing or being the object of a hostage-taking or armed robbery
Types of Jobs With a Higher Risk of Exposure to a Traumatic or Stressful Event
There are several jobs that have a higher risk of exposure to a traumatic or stressful event. These include:
- Law enforcement and security
- First responders and rescue workers
- Doctors and other medical personnel
- Air traffic controllers
- Construction and Manufacturing workers
Possible Injuries From Exposure to a Traumatic or Stressful Event
The way that you react to exposure to a traumatic or stressful event varies from person to person, as does the illnesses and injuries that may result. Some of these include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder
- Feelings of depression
- Changes in appetite
- Feelings of grief
- Changes in pattern of sleep
- Feelings of fear
- Withdrawal from daily activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or impatience, feeling jumpy
The illnesses and injuries that result from exposure to a traumatic or stressful event may last for weeks or months before you begin to feel normal again. However, in serious cases, problems may continue for years or the rest of your life.