As a worker in Iowa who has experienced a debilitating physical injury, you might find yourself dealing with emotional or mental side effects as well. These effects can be just as crippling as a physical injury, and at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we work to help you understand just what kind of damage you might be facing.
Have you experienced a traumatic accident in Iowa? Whether a work-related incident, a serious motor vehicle accident or something else, these experiences can leave you with more than just physical injuries and financial challenges. The emotional trauma that can accompany an accident of any type may be as severe or more so than any of the other results you may live with. Posttraumatic stress disorder is one example of a long-lasting emotional scar of sorts that requires prompt and professional intervention.
While most people in Iowa are aware of harassment and discrimination cases, workplace psychological injuries are not always as widely known. The Occupational Health and Safety Magazine reported that employers are as responsible to protect your psychological welfare as they are your physical safety, but it is important for workers to realize what exactly that means.
While you may consider bullying a phenomenon that is relegated to school-age kids, it can also be a problem within many Iowa workplaces. In addition to creating an unpleasant and sometimes hostile environment, workplace bullying may also cause a range of psychological effects that can prove extremely damaging if left unchecked.
In some occupational settings, stress is a part of the daily work experience. From medical professionals to stock market traders, a certain level of stress is necessary in order to be successful at the job. What you may not realize is that in some situations, occupational stress can cause serious health conditions. These health conditions may limit a person’s ability to work in the future, and may qualify the person to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Whenever workplace accidents cause death or traumatic injuries -- in Iowa and elsewhere -- the immediate focus is typically on the victims, and rightly so. However, a worker who witnesses a colleague's death or traumatic injury can suffer psychological injuries. Similarly, those who help injured victims or clean up the accident scene can suffer what is called critical incident stress.
Working with electricity can be hazardous, and employers in Iowa and elsewhere must ensure compliance with all safety regulations when electrical repairs or installations are done. It is vital that only qualified electricians are tasked with these jobs, as the slightest error can cause severe workplace injuries that could even be fatal. A worker recently died while doing electrical work on a construction site at a university in another state.
Iowa employers are responsible for providing safe workplace environments that are free from known hazards. Work-related injuries and occupational illnesses are often prevented by strict compliance with state and federal laws. Nevertheless, many workers who suffer psychological injuries may be unsure about their rights to pursue claims for compensation.
Iowa workers who are concerned about being exposed to toxic substances at work may be interested in the plight of a man from another state. His wife said toxic exposure at her husband's place of work devastated their lives. Reportedly, the man worked at a decommissioned nuclear production complex for 33 years.