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Can Workplace Accidents Cause PTSD?

Work accidents may cause psychological trauma that leads to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, surviving an accident involving amputation injuries. Other examples may include EMTs or police officers suffering injuries while responding to motor vehicle accidents. Workers who are subjected to violence also frequently suffer from psychological injuries.

Workers with PTSD may develop psychological issues that make returning to their occupations difficult or impossible. The following conditions may be symptoms of PTSD:

  1. Depression

  2. Anxiety and panic attacks

  3. Insomnia

  4. Severe mistrust of others and social isolation

  5. Recurring nightmares

  6. Cognitive decline

  7. Physical symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fatigue, ulcers and heart attacks

Symptoms may not develop overnight. For this reason, it is important for workers to seek treatment immediately after experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Fortunately, there are treatment options for this mental health condition. Treatment may include cognitive behavioral therapy, medication or talk therapy. Some people suffering from this condition may also benefit from service dogs.

Can You Receive Workers Compensation for PTSD?

It may take a long time to heal from PTSD. Workers who develop PTSD after suffering from job-related accidents may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help pay medical bills and lost income. Social Security disability benefits may also be an option depending on the circumstances.

Psychological injuries are more difficult to prove, so it is important to have an experienced workers’ comp attorney by your side. The Ohio workers comp attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC have fought for injured workers since 1929. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you whether you have physical or psychological injuries.

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