In California Workers’ Compensation Law, Mental Health Claims are allowable. Mental Health claims are commonly referred to as “stress claims.” Injured Workers pursuing these psychiatric injury claims frequently seek medical attention.
This article will discuss the types of medical treatment available for those seeking mental health care. There are a variety of mental health providers that Injured Workers can encounter as part of their workers’ compensation Psychiatric Injury Claim. This article will also discuss the types of providers and treatment available for mental health treatment. Continue reading
California Workers’ Compensation Law allows for Psychiatric Injuries. As part of both the treatment and evaluations for Psychiatric Workers’ Compensation Claims, Mental Health Practitioners employ psychological testing. This article is intended to discuss the nature of psychological testing within this setting.
It is not uncommon that Injured Workers become overwhelmed with the amount of Psychological Testing that is required in connection with their workers’ compensation claim. Some of these tests can have up to 500 questions to answer. Injured Workers, who are already suffering from an emotional disturbance, become frustrated at going through the process of having to answer all these questions. It is a lot of work. Continue reading
California Workers’ Compensation Law recently changed to limit Injured Workers from claiming psychiatric permanent disability arising as a compensable consequence injury. For example, if an Injured Worker hurt their back lifting a box at work and, as a result of the back pain, developed a psychiatric depression, the permanent disability relating to the depression would not be considered as part of their permanent disability award. The claim for psychiatric permanent disability from that claim would be barred as it does not fit within the legislative exceptions.
This article will discuss the compensable consequence psychiatric permanent disability injury concerning catastrophic injuries.
The State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) propounded information for Employers concerning the prevention of work-related psychiatric injuries or psychiatric workers’ compensation claims. The Labor Code requires that Employers be provided information concerning psychiatric injury prevention programs when a claim has been filed against them. See Per Labor Code 3208.3 (i.)
Many Law Enforcement and Safety Personnel, while performing their usual and customary duties, encounter experiences which can trigger PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is a Psychiatric Disorder which most likely would give rise to a workers’ compensation claim of injury and trigger eligibility for benefits.
This article is intended to discuss PTSD and the interplay it has for Law Enforcement and Safety Personnel and their right to benefits under the workers’ compensation system.