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What are symptoms of psychological injuries?

When Iowa workers like you get hurt on the job, you may take care of the physical ailments without stopping to consider how heavy the emotional toll may be. We at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, PC, provide you with more insight into the psychological injuries that can occur at work.

Workplace-induced depression is often overlooked

While most workers in Iowa recognize the physical damage that can occur during accidents in the workplace, many are less aware of the possible psychological injuries that can occur. One of the most common of these is depression, but many employees do not realize that their symptoms may be stemming from incidents at their place of employment. We at the Law Offices of Gallner and Pattermann can help you determine if your suffering is related to an accident or injury in the workplace and will fight for your rights to the compensation you deserve.

Is it important to treat mental injuries seriously?

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.

What is PTSD?

Have you experienced a traumatic accident in Iowa? Whether a work-related incident, a serious motor vehicle accident or something else, these experiences can leave you with more than just physical injuries and financial challenges. The emotional trauma that can accompany an accident of any type may be as severe or more so than any of the other results you may live with. Posttraumatic stress disorder is one example of a long-lasting emotional scar of sorts that requires prompt and professional intervention.

What are workplace psychological injuries?

While most people in Iowa are aware of harassment and discrimination cases, workplace psychological injuries are not always as widely known. The Occupational Health and Safety Magazine reported that employers are as responsible to protect your psychological welfare as they are your physical safety, but it is important for workers to realize what exactly that means.

Can workplace bullying cause psychological distress?

While you may consider bullying a phenomenon that is relegated to school-age kids, it can also be a problem within many Iowa workplaces. In addition to creating an unpleasant and sometimes hostile environment, workplace bullying may also cause a range of psychological effects that can prove extremely damaging if left unchecked.  

Can you receive workers’ compensation for workplace stress?

In some occupational settings, stress is a part of the daily work experience. From medical professionals to stock market traders, a certain level of stress is necessary in order to be successful at the job. What you may not realize is that in some situations, occupational stress can cause serious health conditions. These health conditions may limit a person’s ability to work in the future, and may qualify the person to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Witnessing workplace accidents can cause psychological injuries

Whenever workplace accidents cause death or traumatic injuries -- in Iowa and elsewhere -- the immediate focus is typically on the victims, and rightly so. However, a worker who witnesses a colleague's death or traumatic injury can suffer psychological injuries. Similarly, those who help injured victims or clean up the accident scene can suffer what is called critical incident stress.

Electrical worker suffers fatal workplace injuries

Working with electricity can be hazardous, and employers in Iowa and elsewhere must ensure compliance with all safety regulations when electrical repairs or installations are done. It is vital that only qualified electricians are tasked with these jobs, as the slightest error can cause severe workplace injuries that could even be fatal. A worker recently died while doing electrical work on a construction site at a university in another state.

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