Can you collect workers’ comp for anxiety and stress in North Carolina?

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2021 | Workers Compensation |

Everyone experiences stress on the job sometimes. However, sometimes circumstances in the workplace can lead to debilitating anxiety disorders.

Workers in North Carolina may have a right to receive compensation for these difficulties depending on their situations.

Do workers’ compensation laws cover psychological conditions?

Injuries covered under workers’ comp must arise from an event that happens while performing job tasks. When seeking work-related stress or anxiety benefits, you must show the specific experience that prompted your health concern. These claims are complex and often require an analysis of any preexisting conditions plus medical testimony linking the work incident to your injury.

What workplace situations can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder?

Almost all types of employment involve stressful situations or tasks, but certain events can induce pressure beyond the normal scope. Some examples include:

  • Witnessing a work accident that results in another worker’s injuries or death
  • Experiencing threats or an attack while in the workplace
  • Responding to a severe crash or emergency event that triggers a mental health issue
  • Physical work injuries that lead to mental disorders like depression or PTSD
  • Work stress that causes a physical problem like a heart attack or stroke

What do you need to prove your claims?

It is essential to provide proof that your mental concerns are job-related. You must show you are experiencing an extraordinary level of stress stemming from a work incident and prove you do not have a history of mental health concerns. You also need to seek treatment from a mental health professional.

North Carolina workers’ comp allows for recovery benefits when you can prove your mental disorder results from a work-related incident.


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