World Mental Health Day is October 10th. We have seen mental health take its toll on clients and there are outlets to find help with this.
New research indicates that depressive symptoms are pervasive among workers disabled by musculoskeletal disorders and delayed work-returns. For those whose symptoms persist, sustainable work-returns are less likely, and treatment by a mental health professional may be needed to improve recovery. Mental health disorders among working-age adults have a substantial impact on labor force participation, productivity and disability. The ongoing presence of depressive symptoms matters.
What role does mental health play in the recovery and return to work of workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? How can family doctors be made more aware of potential mental health problems among injured workers? These are the types of questions that many injured workers ask. Your doctor may have the answer and it is always best to seek help before it is too late.
You may think that you can only get workers’ comp when you’ve been physically injured, but depression is often a viable way to obtain benefits.
Workers’ comp generally covers work-related injuries, which can include mental injuries like depression and anxiety. Eligible depression sufferers may be able to claim that their employment has either caused their depressive state or possibly aggravated a pre-existing condition.
If you have any questions please give us a call at our office. Our attorneys will provide a complimentary strategy session for your claim.