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Workers' Compensation and Mental Health Issues

Major depression is one of the most common side effects of a traumatic injury or life-altering illness. Yet psychological injuries are often ignored by physicians and patients alike.

The attorneys of Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., have worked with seriously injured people long enough to know that depression and other mental health issues can negatively impact your life and your ability to return to work after an injury.

Because we meet with our clients regularly to monitor their healing, we are often able to recognize the symptoms of depression. We will encourage you to see a doctor or therapist if you are suffering from depression or another mental health condition.

Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

If you answer yes to several of these questions, you should consider seeking a mental health evaluation:

  • Are you having problems with your memory or ability to focus?
  • Does your primary injury affect your ability to socialize with others?
  • Are you unable to cope with the tasks of daily life that once came easily to you?
  • Are you unable to sleep or sleeping much more than usual?
  • Do you no longer enjoy things that once gave you pleasure?

Severe depression can increase the value of your workers' compensation claim because depression affects the body as a whole, rather than a separate part of the body, like an arm or leg.

If we suspect you are suffering from depression, we will refer you to a medical professional who is qualified to conduct tests to diagnose your condition and to show whether or not you are honestly reporting your symptoms.

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To discuss your workers' compensation case, please contact a lawyer at Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We offer a free initial consultation. There is no charge and no obligation to talk to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer.