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Are you working in a hostile work environment?

If you are an Iowa worker who hates your job, it may be because you believe you are working in a hostile work environment. However, does your less than ideal workplace situation really rise to the level of a legally defined hostile work environment, particularly if you feel you are the victim of workplace sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment may contribute to long-term emotional harm

From workplace bullying to threats of physical harm, there are some behaviors at work that you should never have to endure. Sexual harassment is one of the most prevalent forms of unlawful behavior that is unfortunately common and can result in a toxic work environment. Our team at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., have spoken to numerous employees in Iowa who have been on the receiving end of sexual harassment at work, and we understand the repercussions that come from it.

Accepting the possibility of psychological injury

Like many members of the Iowa workforce, you are probably more likely to keep your head down and focus on the task at hand than you are to speak up about emotional distress. At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we believe in focus and determination: These attributes have the potential to support people through many hardships. However, we also believe that staying silent is not always the best option. Sometimes, it is better to speak up about how you feel.

Signs of a toxic work environment and how to prevent it

Psychological injuries, more likely to occur in toxic work environments, may cost Iowa employers in workers' compensation claims. Forbes lays out some signs of an unhealthy workplace, including nontransparent communication, among others. Employees who cannot trust their leaders to interact with honesty have difficulty flourishing at work and, in fact, have been "set up to fail."

Coping with psychological trauma

Iowa workers who suffer on-the-job physical injuries also are at risk for suffering psychological injuries due to the trauma of the accident. The American Psychological Association defines psychological trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event, including an accident. Shock and denial are typical emotional responses immediately after the accident, but many people have long-term reactions as well, such as flashbacks, thought and behavior pattern changes, intense and/or unpredictable feelings, strained relationships with family or friends, even chest pain, headaches, nausea and other stress-related physical symptoms.

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.

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