PTSD occurrence is higher in some occupations than in others, although it can happen on almost any job site. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and hospital workers often face situations that are especially traumatic or stressful. These individuals are particularly susceptible to developing symptoms of PTSD.
Some workers’ compensation benefits in Oregon will cover the effects of PTSD depending on the circumstances. To be considered for coverage, a worker must be evaluated and diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Workers’ compensation may cover PTSD as a purely mental injury, such as witnessing a shocking workplace event or a physical injury at work that results in PTSD.
Symptoms of Workplace PTSD
- Anger & Irritability
- Easily Startled or Jumpy
- Emotional Detachment
- Violent or Self-Destructive Behavior
- Memory or Concentration Problems
- Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
What May Be Covered
Worker’s compensation benefits vary according to the individual circumstances, but most often, they include:
Cost of treatment covering mental health therapy and medications
Temporary disability benefits covering time off work from to process and recover from the event
Permanent disability benefits covering an individual who cannot return to work due to the severity of the traumatic event
It is essential to speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer if you believe PTSD affects your ability to do your job effectively.