Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may be triggered by terrifying or stressful events. Employees who have gone through a distressing or disturbing situation can suffer from lasting effects of the trauma. This emotional shock can be transient in some cases. In other situations, however, it may endure for years and even worsen to the point that it interferes with one’s daily functions. But are PTSD events covered by workers’ compensation? In Georgia, yes, if the symptoms are preceded by a physical injury.
Symptoms of PTSD may include the following:
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Trouble sleeping
- Avoiding anything related to the event (places or discussions)
- Easily startled
- Angry outbursts
Other symptoms may be harder to initially recognize. These symptoms may include trouble remembering parts of the event or a lack of enthusiasm surrounding enjoyable hobbies. These signs and symptoms may happen right after the incident or may show up years later.
Some occupations are particularly susceptible to traumatic events. If you suspect that you are suffering PTSD brought on by a work-related injuries, visit with a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist.
Workers suffering from PTSD that arise out of and in the course of employment are entitled to compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits may include paid time off from work as well as treatment resources needed to recover from the mental health impairment.