Traumatic physical injury at work developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Speaking to an Iowa Workers’ Compensation lawyer may prove worthwhile if you are experiencing physical and/or mental injuries. Although “invisible” injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder are just as real and debilitating as physical ones, it is often difficult to prove that they are work-related.
If you suffered a traumatic physical injury at work that eventually led to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may be covered under your employer’s Workers’ Compensation plan. In order to have your PTSD compensated, you will need to prove a connection between the workplace accident and your mental illness.
Employers have the right to select a physician to treat you. If you disagree with the doctor’s assessment or impairment rating, you may request alternate care through your employer’s insurer or through the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner in Iowa.
You would be well-advised to consult with an attorney about Worker’s Compensation claims prior to filing for benefits. A lawyer can guide you through this process to ease the burden of handling a claim involving PTSD on your own.
An Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
At Walker, Billingsley & Bair Attorneys at Law we can work to help you obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits if a work injury results in PTSD. Our team of lawyers will fight on your behalf for medical and disability benefits so you can get your life back on track. We can also appeal the decision if your claim is denied. Be sure to take a look at our free book, Iowa Workers’ Compensation – An Insider’s Guide to Work Injures: 7 Deadly Mistakes and call (888) 435-9886 to schedule a consultation.