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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Many residents of Iowa may find themselves thinking strictly of physical injury when they think of health issues or damage. However, your mental state and wellbeing can have just as much of an impact on your overall quality of life.
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.
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.
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.
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.