Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Law: Don’t Suffer in Silence from Work-Related Anxiety (Part A)

To know whether you have a claim under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation law, you must understand (i) when a work-related worry becomes an anxiety and (ii) when the anxiety is caused by abnormal working conditions.

Every worker worries from time to time about their job. We spend a good portion of our day on the job, so it is only natural for work to occupy our daily thoughts. What is surprising is that many workers share the same concerns about their employment. According to a recent Gallop Poll, the most common job-related worries reported by employees include the following:
  • reductions in benefits;
  • pay cuts;
  • layoffs;
  • reductions in hours; and
  • mandatory transfers overseas

In addition to job security and financial concerns, workers also worry about specific aspects of their jobs, including:  
  • meeting deadlines;
  • speaking before groups; and
  • facing the dreaded annual evaluation.  

While these worries are justified and most people handle them in stride, sometimes work-related worries evolve into a general anxiety disorder.

When Worry Turns into Anxiety

A worry that becomes excessive
, ongoing, and interferes with your daily life is a classic symptom of a medical condition called anxiety. More than just preoccupying your daily thoughts, anxiety can cause you to feel so unnerved that you become severely distressed or even paralyzed with fear.

A number of debilitating and painful physical symptoms are associated with anxiety, including:
 
  • muscle tension;
  • headaches;
  • sweating;
  • trouble concentrate;
  • nausea;
  • fatigue;
  • difficulties falling or staying asleep;
  • trembling; and
  • being easily startled. 

Under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation law, mental injuries such as anxiety have been compensable
, but in many cases the mental injury has been more difficult to prove than the physical injuries.

This is the main reason that the specific facts of the case are so important in order for a Workers’ Compensation attorney to assist you with your case. Call (888) 435-9886 for an evaluation of your case.

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