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.
Many people write off psychological injuries as somehow being "less important" or "less real" than physical injuries. Things like anxiety or depression are often called invisible illnesses due to the fact that they don't have outward symptoms like the flu or a broken limb might have. However, that doesn't make them any less taxing for you.
If you have developed a mental illness as a result of an accident at work, or if an accident has worsened a mental illness you already had, it might do even more damage than the accident itself. Broken bones will likely heal over time, but it can be much harder to heal a mental illness. This is especially true if you can't even get the help you need because no one believes that your suffering is as painful or severe as it may be.
Dealing with depression or other work or accident-related mental disorders can feel like you're fighting an uphill battle with no support. However, you aren't in the wrong by treating your mental illness seriously and wanting serious treatment. To read more about psychological injuries that may result from, or be exacerbated by, workplace accidents, please take a look at our web page. The information you find there could lead you down a path that might help you heal from your trauma.