Do you ever think about life before your job? Are Sundays particularly difficult because you know that you have to go back to work on Monday? Have you turned into someone that you don’t recognize anymore? There is a difference between having the Monday blues and working in a toxic environment that makes you feel depressed and anxious. Sure, everyone has worked in a place that doesn’t serve you good energy, but did that place ever drive you to the point where you are physically unable to get out of bed? Has it driven you to lose interest in not only your job but your social life?
Living with depression and anxiety is not fun, especially when they are new feelings to you. California has recognized that mental health is just as important as physical health. They realize that a person struggling with mental health needs just as much attention as someone who is dealing with a broken leg or arm. Mental health needs a doctor, a treatment plan, and time to work through that treatment plan. Long-standing work stress can manifest into mental and physical ailments. California recognizes that these mental disorders can negatively affect someone’s work, and they are worthy of a workers’ compensation claim as long as you have worked for your employer for at least six months.
Even though California recognizes the importance of highlighting mental stress at work, it can be challenging to prove. There is a higher threshold of evidence needed to prove that you are suffering from mental stress in the workplace. This means that the insurance companies will be looking for extensive paperwork detailing your psychiatric history and relying heavily on your physician’s notes. If you are experiencing strong emotional challenges that are creating mental disorders, then please be sure that you are documenting all your doctor and therapist appointments.
Mental stress symptoms are very individual. Some experience nervousness, shaking, inability to sleep, loss of interest in work or social outings, alcohol or drug abuse as a way of self-medicating, mood changes, or severe fears or feelings of guilt. This shift in personality may be gradual or fast. Contributing factors are workplaces where employees feel oppressed; they feel like they can’t make decisions for themselves or they are pressured to do more work than what is required, alongside feeling as if their job does not matter.
Suppose this sounds like something you are experiencing or someone you love is experiencing, then now is the time to start talking to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney who will be a strong advocate for your case. Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation in Anaheim, has worked with clients who have experienced mental stress as a direct correlation to work, and together, we have successfully achieved compensation for their mental health injury. Call 818-610-8800 or click here to start on your journey of healing. Our attorneys are on standby waiting for you to seek help.
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