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Don’t neglect mental health during recovery from a work injury

Workers' compensation coverage can help you recover from a number of work-related injuries, including, in some cases, mental health issues. While mental health care does not always fall under the scope of workers' compensation coverage, there are instances in which it falls within coverage.

If you have questions about a mental health issue and workers' compensation coverage, the wisest approach is to consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to work with workers' compensation providers to get you the benefits you need and deserve.

Often, especially in mental health cases, insurers balk at providing care for any injuries they believe are not work-related. In these instances, it is exceptionally helpful to have an advocate in your corner who not only understands the inner workings of the insurance system, but also understands how to fight for your rights and fair treatment.

Choose an advocate who understands your needs and rights

While many attorneys can help you navigate a workers' compensation claim, not all have experience fighting insurers for coverage of mental health needs.

Often, the need arises as a natural part of another injury and recovery. When a person suffers an on-the-job injury, especially one that requires significant recovery time, depression is a common side-effect of the recovery process.

Despite some great progress made in recent years toward greater understanding of mental illness and its effects, insurers often neglect to provide proper treatment for these needs as a part of the recovery process unless they receive proper motivation.

It is very common for a primary injury suffered in the line of work to lead to depression. If you feel a decline in your ability to focus or engage in everyday activities or work tasks that you should otherwise handle easily, you may suffer depression brought on by your primary injury.

With proper guidance, it is possible to receive treatment for your mental health struggles as you work to recover from your primary injury. When it comes to your mental health, there is no need to accept less than you need and deserve.

Don't fight for your best self by yourself

When depression arises, knowing where to turn and how to move forward is always difficult. The good news is that an experienced attorney who respects the seriousness of mental health struggles can help carry the burden.

With proper guidance from an experienced attorney, you can stay focused on your mental and physical recovery, and working toward living the healthy, whole life you deserve.

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