Stress is a normal part of any job, but when you get injured because of the level or intensity of stress in your workplace, there could be legal implications. Here are some points to remember on work-related stress injury:
Physical Repetitive Stress Injuries
You can get “repetitive stress injuries” like nerve damage from staying in a fixed position, or performing tedious, mechanical motions for a long time. You can primarily get remuneration for these conditions through worker’s compensation. Keep in mind that you have to satisfy certain requirements, such as the timely filing of incident reports, and getting appropriate medical treatment, to get the maximum benefits.
Mental or Emotional Stress
You may already know that if you suffer from emotional stress as a result of a physical injury, you may be able to claim for grief and other emotional damage through a personal injury lawsuit. However, if you’re considering claiming compensation for purely mental stress injury acquired at work (post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, perhaps after a horrific incident while on the job), you may need to explore other legal remedies.
In the state of North Carolina, seeking worker’s compensation or personal injury claims for mental disabilities like PTSD is definitely more challenging, because of the psychological nature of the condition and the delay in the appearance of symptoms (and treatment) in most cases. If you do suffer from such injuries, seek treatment right away, and discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer in Raleigh, NC.