If you've recently experienced work-induced psychiatric mental challenges or related stress, you could be eligible to file a worker's compensation claim. The state of California does not yet have laws covering stress in the workplace when it does occur, but workers' compensation claims can be made if you are suffering mentally and emotionally due to work-related stress, such as depression, anxiety, or something similar.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is another form of stress that can be present in some cases. If you've been the victim of an accident in the workplace before and you're returning to the same place of employment with ongoing stress, you could be entitled to some form of workers' compensation. Furthermore, if the job itself is the root cause of your post-traumatic stress disorder, you likely have a claim to workers' compensation in some regard. For example, if you're working in a field that deals with the public and you witness something traumatic while on the job or performing your duties, and you have post-traumatic stress as a result, you could be owed some compensation.
Work-related stress that qualifies for workers' compensation cases often needs to be proven in psychiatric form and that your job caused the stress in question. Whether it be with inconsistent deadlines, the amount of work, or the type of work that you're dealing with, if you've been caused unbearable depression or anxiety, you could have a workers' compensation claim. To win such claims, it can be slightly more challenging but not impossible. To do this, we'll need actual proof, such as doctor's notes or receipts, that show the job has caused you significant psychiatric stress that you did not previously have.
Uncomfortable Working Conditions
Another reason that stress can often arise comes with uncomfortable working conditions. If you've developed physical or emotional stress because of the working conditions, such as strict deadlines, meeting a quota, or the environment itself is unaccommodating to workers, you can likely claim some compensation. First, we'll have to prove that your accumulated stress was the prime result of the employer's failed attempts to address any overarching issues in the workplace and that if the conditions were changed, your stress would either be non-existent or less serious and/or manageable.
If the working conditions are as we stated above and you've brought these problems up with your management or boss in the past to no avail, your ongoing and developing stress can ultimately entitle you to a worker's compensation claim. If your employer is aware of employee critiques and complaints but fails to accommodate them appropriately and your stress worsens, the fault may be on the employer which could result in a workers' compensation case. If you've raised the issues in the past, we encourage you to keep track of any records when doing so and any communication, as these items will play a vital role in showcasing how your stress continued to worsen over time due to your employer's unaccommodating efforts to improve the workplace.