Can Anxiety and Stress Be Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 20, 2022 Personal injury

Many individuals experience stress at work through endless emails, challenging customers, and tight deadlines. However, there are some instances where workplace stress becomes extreme and causes employees to suffer from mental health conditions. While many assume that workers’ compensation solely covers physical injuries, it can also cover certain mental illnesses or injuries caused by work-related stress. 

If you suffer from severe work-related mental illness, such as extreme stress and anxiety, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can clarify your legal options. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys understand the complexities of New York workers’ compensation laws and are ready to apply our experience and skills to your unique case. We have over 60 years of combined legal experience advocating for New Yorkers’ rights and achieving favorable settlements for their cases. 

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Stress and Anxiety?

Mental health injuries such as work-related stress and anxiety can be debilitating and should not be ignored. Fortunately, workers’ compensation may cover certain mental health injuries if your condition is the direct result of your job. To qualify for workers’ compensation, your mental injury must be (1) caused by work-related stress, and (2) greater than that which other similarly situated workers experienced in the normal work environment.  

While some work-related mental health injuries arise due to an incredibly stressful work environment, others may develop due to a physical workplace injury. For example, suppose you were crushed by a piece of heavy machinery on the job and suffered severe injuries. In that case, you may experience extreme stress and anxiety when working with the same equipment in the future. 

Despite being covered by workers’ compensation, claims for work-related mental health injuries may be challenging to prove on your own. If you are considering pursuing a work-related mental injury workers’ compensation claim, having an experienced attorney is essential. While these claims are notoriously complex, a skilled attorney can investigate your case and explain all your legal options.

What Types of Benefits Can I Pursue Through a New York Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you have a viable case, your attorney can pursue a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf to recoup your losses for your mental injuries. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to recover the following benefits:

Medical Benefits

Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance is required to pay for any medical expenses you suffer due to a workplace injury. If you seek workers’ compensation benefits for a mental health injury, you may be eligible for monetary compensation to cover any hospitalizations, new medications, or psychological therapies.

Wage Replacement Benefits

If your work-related mental health injuries cause you to miss work temporarily or permanently, you may be entitled to wage replacement benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. You may be entitled to up to two-thirds of your weekly wage, which may vary based on the severity of your injury, among other factors. 

Your workers’ compensation attorney will work tirelessly to understand every detail of your case to ensure your unique needs are addressed. 

Retain the Services of a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

The highly qualified, award-winning attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, have more than six decades of combined experience and understand the complexities of New York workers’ compensation laws. We have a proven track record of successfully representing our clients and recovering the maximum amount of monetary compensation available to them. We are always prepared to go to trial for our clients, if necessary.

When you retain our services, you can have peace of mind that you have an experienced and aggressive advocate on your side. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (914) 288-9191 or complete our contact form today.