Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) And Workers’ Compensation
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a term used to describe psychological problems resulting from experiencing a traumatic event. While most link the term to mental health problems experienced by service members upon their returns from active duty, PTSD can affect anyone who experiences a tragedy, such as a car crash or a workplace accident.
Some PTSD sufferers are unable to function normally in society. Many experience difficulty interacting with others and are unable to continue working. When PTSD results in unemployment, sufferers are often unsure of where to turn for financial help.
Our attorneys at Philip J. Fulton Law Office can help those who are suffering from PTSD pursue workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered on-the-job injuries that resulted in the development of PTSD.
When Does PTSD Make You Eligible For Workers’ Compensation?
According to a 2013 Ohio Supreme Court ruling in the case of Armstrong v. John R. Jurgensen Co., PTSD sufferers are only eligible for workers’ compensation when their psychological conditions directly result from physical injuries sustained in workplace accidents. Based on this ruling, if a sufferer can prove that his or her physical injury caused or was a major contributor to the development of his or her PTSD, workers’ compensation may be an option.
At Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we have decades of experience helping clients pursue workers’ compensation benefits. In addition to our experience, we have the experience of a large network of professionals, including physicians and psychologists, who work with us to help our clients secure the benefits they need to ensure their future financial stability.
Learn More About Your Options
If you suffered a workplace injury that has resulted in PTSD, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. To find out if you qualify, contact one of the experienced lawyers at our Columbus law office by calling 614-963-9569 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also contact us by email.