Stress is the second largest occupational disease after musculoskeletal conditions. In fact, 90 million lost work days annually are attributed to stress, which includes workers who are struggling with the aftermath of a compensable work injury. Without question, a workers’ compensation injury can have psychological consequences. Loss of income, loss of status as the breadwinner, change of routine, and loss of fitness are some of the areas that can lead to mental stress. Other causes include anger at employers, co-workers and the insurer or fears associated with medical treatment and loss of employment. Following a workplace injury, employees can also experience stressful events such as marital difficulties or medication dependency and sometimes develop chronic pain cycles that are debilitating.
Researchers estimate that more than $67 billion goes to treating occupational injuries and illnesses, which does NOT include the collateral costs that are indirect or more difficult to quantify, such as the effects on a worker’s daily activities or family life. Studies reveal that many of these mental health costs are usually only covered by private medical insurance or by the workers themselves, as workers’ compensation frequently does not cover such treatment. By ignoring the psychological toll of occupational injuries or illnesses, the true costs can be underestimated making it difficult for workers to get back on track. Getting a fair workers’ compensation award for injury and illnesses that ARE covered couldn’t be more important.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, PC for help. Our attorneys provide our clients comprehensive legal representation to help them obtain the best possible settlement so that they can work toward recovery. We are committed to fighting for the rights of injured workers and welcome the opportunity to assist you and your family.