Until recently Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was thought to be limited to wartime veterans who witnessed great horrors during combat or victims of sexual assault. However, today our society has come to realize that PTSD can afflict many individuals who have suffered a myriad of traumatic events ranging from personal injury to violent crimes, natural disasters, employment harassment, or emotional-psychological abuse. One of the most common and yet unexposed causes of PTSD is incidents which take place in the workplace. In certain instances employees who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress due to traumatic events in the workplace are entitled to compensation for their harms.
Legal Help: If you have suffered a traumatic experience resulting from the intentional or negligent actions others in your place of work and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress then you may be able to seek compensation for your damages.
How do I know if I may be suffering from PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Sign and Symptoms
Symptoms of PTSD may vary based on the individual, the severity of the traumatic experience, and other factors. Some of the most common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress are as follows:
- Intrusive Memories and Nightmares
- Feelings of Intense Distress when confronted or reminded of the trauma
- Intents physical manifestations
- Felling of lacking emotional response: Numbness
- Feelings of Detachment and Avoiding Activities
- Avoiding Activities
- Avoiding others
- Hypomania and sings of increased activity
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) in the Workplace and Employment Compensation Claims
Proper Accommodations: Workplace trauma can lead to PTSD among employees. Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) workers with protected mental impairments may be able to obtain reasonable accommodations a modifications including
- Alteration of Existing Schedule
- Leaves of Absence
- Attainment of Psychotherapy and mental health treatment
- More frequent brakes
- Or any other adjustments which may be deemed necessary
If an employer fails to abide by the ADA of FEEHA resulting in mental distress then a claim for PTSD recovery may be established.
Employment Harassment and Discrimination: Another avenue for recovery in a workplace PTSD claim may arise out of employee discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and hostile work environment. Often employers engage in extreme and hostile conduct causing great mental distress and Trauma. Such conduct can formulate a basis for the common law personal injury tort claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress
If you have experience mental anguish and trauma at work and have been diagnosed with PTSD contact our Employment Injury Law Firm today. (855) 385-2529
What is PTSD? How is Post Traumatic Stress Diagnosed?
DSM-IV, it provides the following criteria regarding trauma exposure
1. The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others.
2. The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness or horror.
Proper diagnosis of a PSD claim required patient evaluation by a medical professional (Physician) trained in psychological evaluation. A trained physician (Medical Doctor) will ask you to describe the signs and symptoms that you have been experiencing — what they are, when they occur, how intense they are and how long they last.
Selecting the right Legal Representation for your PTSD Claim
Our attorney have the proper knowledge and background to handle complicated personal injury and employment injury cases including compensation for mental distress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from Sexual Assault, Workplace incidents, Auto Accidents, Child Abuse and Violent Crimes.
All Attorney Fees are Incurred by Us NOT You: We are a contingency-fee based Law Firm; this means there are no initial fees incurred by the client you don’t pay until you get paid. Compensation occurs only after, legally, money is recovered for your personal injury.
Our Personal Injury attorneys fight to make sure victims of personal injury get the full compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer from Downtown LA Law Group: (855) 385-2529