Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop as a result of experiencing or seeing a traumatic incident such as a serious or life-threatening workplace accident or violent assault. PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but many jobs can expose workers to terrifying events leading to PTSD. After any highly stressful experience, it is normal to have some unsettled emotions and thoughts. If you continue to have symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares or stressful thoughts after more than a month, you may be experiencing PTSD.
If you have received a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and are unable to perform your job, you may be entitled to seek workers’ compensation benefits, including lost income and paid medical care. PTSD is a compensable occupational disease under certain conditions, but the cases are challenging to prove. To qualify for benefits, you must provide evidence that your job or an incident at work caused your PTSD. You should seek experienced legal guidance to have the best chance of collecting benefits.
A free consultation with a North Carolina worker’s compensation attorney who has obtained PTSD settlements for injured workers is a good way to inform yourself about your legal options. Turn for help to the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A.