Many people think you can only obtain workers compensation benefits for a physical work injury. That is not the case. Illnesses and other psychological conditions caused by work related stress and repetitive motion tasks, such as carpel tunnel syndrome, are covered by workers compensation laws in South Carolina.
Fighting for Your Right to Workers Comp Benefits for Psychological Problems Triggered by a Work Related Injury
The workers compensation lawyers at The Strom Law Firm, LLC proudly seek justice on behalf of employees injured or killed on the job who work for private companies, as well as employees working for local county, city, and state government. Receiving benefits for work related stress can be difficult. You need an attorney who will fight with you to the end. Give us a call today 803.252.4800 for a free workers comp case review.
When Is a Stress-related Mental Injury Covered by Worker’s Compensation in SC?
Depending upon the circumstances, in South Carolina, a psychological injury caused by something that occurred while you were at work, may be considered a valid work injury, compensable by workers’ compensation benefits.
For example, mental illnesses or other kinds of disability can be triggered after witnessing a violent workplace incident like a robbery, caused by the stress of being injured on the job. If you witnessed a traumatic event at work, you might have post-traumatic stress disorder and should receive benefits as a result.
What Types of Work Comp Benefits Are Available?
Generally, if the employee’s need for medical or psychological treatment falls within the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws, the workers’ compensation insurer will have to pay for medical treatment, expenses and lost wages. Medical benefits include all standard medical care, including psychological or psychiatric treatment.
Wage loss benefits compensate an injured person for wages lost from a work-related injury or psychological disability. If you were left totally disabled by your emotional stress, you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. We also handle social security at the Strom Law Firm, LLC and would be more than happy to give you a free case review.
Contact one of the workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. 866-490-2847. You may also reach us by completing the case evaluation form at the top right of this page.