Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C. - Personal Injury

Representing those injured in Iowa and Nebraska since 1974

Call Today for a FREE Consultation 402.403.3092 Holiday hours

Claims for psychological injuries can prove to be complicated

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.

Psychological injuries are covered by workers' compensation but may not be as easy to prove as physical injuries. These types of injuries are typically classified as mental/mental, physical/mental or mental/physical. If a psychological experience at work -- such as witnessing a horrific accident -- causes a psychological fear of operating a machine similar to the one involved in the seen accident, the injury will qualify as a mental/mental injury.

To be classified as a physical/mental claim, the worker must have developed a psychological condition e as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after suffering a traumatic workplace injury. In comparison, a mental/physical injury will be one in which a physical condition followed a psychological incident. An example can be a worker suffering a heart attack or paralysis after experiencing the sudden noise of an explosion or an arc flash.

Workers in Iowa who are suffering the consequences of psychological injuries that resulted from work-related incidents will likely find that the costs related to ongoing evaluation and treatment can be extreme. They are entitled to file benefits claims with the workers' compensation insurance system. It makes good sense to utilize the services of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to pursue all possible claims for compensation under applicable state and federal laws.

Source: hr.blr.com, "Psyched out -- Preventing psychiatric injuries at work", Jasmin Rojas, June 26, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

To Set Up A Free Consultation, Email Our Firm Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

300 West Broadway
Suite 145
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Toll Free: 888-730-9836
Phone: 402-403-3092
Map & Directions

Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C.