Does Workers’ Comp Cover Mental Health Issues?
December 6th, 2023
Workers’ Compensation provides a variety of benefits to workers who have sustained physical injuries or occupational diseases in connection with their employment. However, these types of ailments are not the only ones that might be job-related. In certain cases, if a physical injury causes mental health issues you may be eligible to obtain benefits for that condition as well.
When Can an Employee Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Mental Health Condition?
Under Washington law, a worker may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits for a mental health conditions that are related to an on-the-job injury. But it is important to understand that only certain types of mental injuries qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Treatment may be covered for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and severe phobias that impact a person’s ability to carry out their job.
Proving a Psychiatric Injury in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
To receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for a mental health condition, a worker will need to establish proof that it was caused by work-related conditions or activities. They will need to have a mental health evaluation conducted by a mental health specialist who will assess whether a mental injury is present that arose from their injury.
In addition to diagnosing a mental health condition in the report, a mental health specialist may also comment on the worker’s ability to work as it relates to the condition that is being treated. They may refer to examples such as a worker’s mood, behavior, cognitive function, energy levels, daily activities, and other limitations.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Provide for a Mental Health Condition?
A worker who is eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for a mental health condition may be entitled to a variety of benefits. These benefits can include the costs of treatment including hospitalization, medication, and any necessary therapy sessions.
Depending on the severity of the mental health condition, a worker may also be able to obtain lost wages, loss of earning power benefits, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. Even if a worker can return to their employment after reaching maximum medical improvement, they may still suffer from the mental health condition. In such situations, they may be entitled to receive a permanent partial disability award.
Contact an Experienced Washington Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you suffer from a mental health condition caused by a work injury, you may be entitled to additional benefits under your claim. It is essential to have the representation of a knowledgeable attorney who can guide you through the process and protect your rights. The Bellingham Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Robinson & Kole provide committed counsel to workers throughout Washington State and work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results in every case. We welcome you to contact us for a free consultation by calling 800.640.5616 or by using our online contact form. Se habla Españ
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