Unfortunately, sexual harassment represents an ever increasing trend, not only in Iowa, but also across the nation and even around the world. You may well have been a victim of it yourself, particularly if you are a female. Many studies have been done over the years documenting the harm that physical sexual harassment causes its victims. A relatively new study, however, documents that even non-physical sexual harassment, including such things as hearing derogatory comments, receiving unwanted sexual attention, or receiving unsolicited explicit images, can cause psychological harm resulting in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and negative body image.
At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we understand that any job can be stressful. However, some industries can be especially taxing on Iowa workers’ physical and mental health. As a first responder, you may be well aware of this fact.
Iowa residents who have suffered through a traumatic event such as an accident, the loss of a loved one, traumatic injury, or abuse may suffer from physical injury. They may also suffer from mental injuries, which can be just as traumatic. Depression is common among survivors, and it can have a deep impact on a person's life.
Many Iowa residents may find it difficult to cope in their workplace when they have anxiety. There are ways people can manage their anxiety so they can get through every work day.
Some work injuries can be complex. Since injuries due to your working conditions or that are otherwise related to your work duties in Iowa, you need to understand how your injury impacts you. Tinnitus may seem fairly simple on the surface, but as explained by Psychology Today, it is actually more complicated.
When you think of getting injured on-the-job, you may think of broken bones, lacerations, slip-and-fall incidents and other physical injuries that may occur as a result of an accident. Many people do not consider stress, anxiety, depression and other psychological ailments a workplace injury and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Yet, psychological injuries can inhibit a person’s ability to work, and, in some cases, can lead to long-term illness. Stress, anxiety and depression can also manifest into physical problems, including elevated blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, weight gain and insomnia.
When you run across hazing in the headlines, it usually involves incidents on college campuses. However, you and other Iowa residents may be interested to learn that hazing can also occur on the job, and it is more common than you might think. Workplace hazing can have devastating consequences for those who are targeted, including emotional and psychological trauma.
We have discussed the physical effects of workplace noise in previous posts on this blog. As you may expect, a loud environment can cause you to lose your hearing over time and have other detrimental effects, such as migraines and tinnitus. It is important to understand that Iowa workers might also be mentally affected by a noisy workplace.
Your workers’ compensation case may be a simple one if you slip and fall at work or are injured by faulty machinery and break your wrist or suffer a concussion. Physical injuries that can be seen or confirmed by bloodwork or an x-ray are usually easy to prove. However, as we at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are aware, a workers’ compensation claim involving an invisible illness can be much more difficult for Iowa residents.
In previous posts, we explained the harmful physiological effects that can result from work-related anxiety and stress. Bullying is a major contributor to workplace emotional injuries. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we understand the disastrous long-term effects of bullying behavior among employees in Iowa, especially for those in the nursing profession.