Sometimes physical effects are only part of the injury. When you face the life changing effect of a disabling injury, sometimes it is hard to get up and get going again. You feel bad not only about yourself, but also about your family and your place in the world.
An injured worker is entitled not only to treatment for physical injuries, but also depression, anxiety and other emotional conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by the work comp injury.
The insurance company will fight the additional injury, but if this is something that you need, it is worth the fight.
Workers’ compensation insurance companies often claim that psychological problems were pre-existing at the time of a workplace accident or that the facts do not support the contention that the claimant actually has a psychological injury. You should promptly obtain legal help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
The attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia, have extensive experience in the field of workers’ compensation law. If you have suffered a psychological injury in the workplace, we will work aggressively to help you obtain the medical, wage loss and disability benefits you are entitled to.
Georgia has a two-part test for determining whether psychological injuries are compensable by the workers’ compensation system:
Our lawyers understand the complexities of these legal issues and strategies that can be employed to overcome the objections that workers’ compensation insurance companies have to providing benefits for psychological injuries. We will be your strong advocate, working hard to help you obtain the medical care and other workers’ compensation benefits.
It is a well-established fact that many people who suffer very serious physical injuries, such as paraplegia, traumatic brain injury or burns, subsequently suffer psychological problems such as depression. Our firm has experience in cases involving catastrophic injuries as well as resulting psychological illnesses. We will work with your doctor or other medical specialists to determine your ongoing medical needs, so that we can help you obtain what you deserve.
Contact Hilley & Frieder, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta psychological workplace injury claim attorneys.