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PTSD After a Work Accident

According to the National Library of Medicine’sNational Center for Biotechnology Information, there is a “substantial overlap between chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in individuals who sustain accidental injury.” In subsequent studies, “[m]ost participants reported chronic pain and all were receiving workers compensation. Results indicated that 34.7% and 18.2% of the sample reported symptoms consistent with PTSD and partial PTSD.”

More simply speaking, evidence shows that work-related injuries can cause chronic pain, which leads to PTSD. An increasing number of states are passing new laws, rules, and regulations that allow the general workforce to receive workers’ comp benefits for mental health conditions caused by a person’s job, including PTSD. 

While there has been substantial progress in recent years, much more needs to be done. Workers often face disheartening roadblocks when filing for their PTSD workers’ comp benefits, and many simply give up. If you have suffered a work-related injury in Pennsylvania, let a Lancaster workplace accident lawyer at Vanasse Law LLC help you recover the financial compensation to which you’re entitled.

Work-Related PTSD in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the few progressive states that recognize “mental-mental” injuries as workers’ comp injuries. A mental-mental workers’ comp injury is an injury that is the result of psychological trauma that was experienced in the workplace. For example, say your workplace was the scene of a shooting or an explosion or was robbed at gunpoint. These types of incidents can cause severe depression, abnormally high stress levels, and anxiety, particularly if your life was endangered.

What are the Mental Symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD can manifest itself through a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Unexplained outbursts of crying and tears
  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks
  • Jumpy or easily startled mental conditions
  • Misplaced anger
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Violent behavior
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Emotional detachment
  • Irritability

What are the Physical Symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD can also result in physical symptoms, such as:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea
  • Ulcers
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Angina pectoris (upper body pain caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart)
  • Tachycardia (coronary artery disease)
  • Other heart diseases
  • Gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach)
  • Arthritis

A Lancaster Workplace Accident Attorney Can Help With Your PTSD Workers’ Comp Claim in Pennsylvania

PTSD has only been recognized in recent years, and for people other than military survivors and first responders, it is still only starting to gain traction as a very real and serious problem. PTSD can cause not only serious mental issues but genuine physical injuries as well. 

As a result, PTSD workers’ comp claims can be problematic if these injuries are challenged. If you’ve had PTSD as a result of a work-related incident, contact a Lancaster workplace accident lawyer at Vanasse Law LLC for a same-day response. We offer a free consultation.