Some injuries and illnesses can be managed, while others are debilitating. Still others are debilitating for a time and can eventually be managed. Anxiety, like many mental illnesses, can be debilitating, managed or can shift between these two states. When anxiety is either partially or totally debilitating, it can be difficult to maintain employment. Thankfully, when debilitating anxiety is work-related, it may be possible to seek workers’ compensation benefits for this condition.
The two primary issues one must consider when exploring workers’ compensation benefits for anxiety are the nature of the anxiety and whether it is work-related. If you are thinking about exploring your ability to obtain benefits, your attorney will likely want to know whether your anxiety impairs your ability to work. If it does not, you will likely not qualify for benefits, as workers’ compensation is meant to aid individuals whose work-related illness or injury impairs their ability to work.
In addition, your attorney will likely want to know whether your anxiety is work-related. If it is not, you may qualify for other benefits but will likely not qualify for workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation laws differ from one state to another. As a result, it is important to understand that even if your anxiety is work-related, you are not guaranteed workers’ compensation benefits. However, seeking these benefits is certainly an option worth exploring if your anxiety impairs your ability to work and is work-related. If you are unsure whether your anxiety is work-related, you may still find speaking with an attorney to be beneficial. An attorney may be able to advise you in ways that help you determine whether your anxiety is work-related or not.
Source: Findlaw Injured, “Can You Get Workers' Comp for Anxiety?” Le Trinh, June 30, 2015