Did you know PTSD could be work-related and compensable?

When you hear people discussing Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, you may think their conversation relates to military veterans. However, if you have suffered a traumatic injury at work — or witnessed a tragedy involving co-workers — you might also be a victim of PTSD. Treatment can be costly and lengthy, and you may be relieved to know that workers’ compensation insurance covers PTSD.

How will you know that your emotional distress is Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome?

You can develop this mental health condition after experiencing a horrible or frightening incident that was life threatening. This can be your personal traumatic experience or a workplace accident that claimed the lives of one or more of your colleagues. Undergoing a medical evaluation as soon as possible after the incident is imperative, even if you suffered no injuries.

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Police, Paramedics and PTSD: When on-the-job trauma affects your work

It’s no secret the county workers who protect and serve our communities witness tragic events on the job. Public servants assigned to high-crime areas may endure numerous traumatic experiences in a single shift. From dealing with domestic-violence calls to car crashes, homicides to 4-alarm fires, for the police officers and paramedics who answer these calls, death and destruction is an all too familiar occurrence.

Can someone get PTSD just by seeing someone else get hurt?

Many people think PTSD is something that primarily affects servicemen who have been deployed to war-torn areas. But the truth is that PTSD can affect anyone. And while it is especially prevalent in crime victims or deployed military personnel, PTSD can even affect individuals who have simply witnessed a traumatic event.

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