Psychological Injuries Are Handled Somewhat Differently In The Workers’ Compensation System
Psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia or major depressive disorder can be crippling. They are very real injuries that can result from incidents or accidents that occur at workplaces across Georgia. These are compensable if you can show that physical harm occurred. It is absolutely vital that you have a lawyer who understands the intricate rules associated with workers’ compensation recovery for psychological injuries.
At The Law Office of Bryan S. Hawkins, all we do is workers’ compensation. Our attorneys know the law and the rules. They know how to present the evidence in a compelling way to ensure that you get the full amount in compensation you deserve.
From our office in Augusta, we represent those who have suffered harm at any workplace in Georgia. Initial consultations are free.
The Physical Harm Requirement Can Be Confusing — But Not For Our Lawyers
Under Georgia workers’ compensation law, psychological injuries are only compensable with evidence that a physical injury occurred. Providing evidence of a physical component is a legal burden that you must meet.
The definition of “harm” is very broad, favoring the injured worker. It is important to remember that this determination is made on a case-by-case basis, which is why you need a lawyer experienced in workers’ compensation cases involving psychological harm.
What constitutes a physical injury? The physical harm could consist of:
- Direct contact such as a minor push or shove during an incident
- Indirect contact from an object held by a co-worker, assailant or other individual
- Direct contact from an object that may have fallen, become dislodged, caused you to fall or was otherwise involved in the incident
Does the injury have to be severe? No. The physical injury does not have to be one that would be compensable on its own or have caused lasting harm or disability.
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Your primary care physician may not have the specialized training necessary to handle these medical issues — or even accept these cases. We know the highly qualified psychologists and psychiatrists around Augusta who can help you.