Q Does Workers' Comp Cover Mental Illness?
Each state has its own workers' compensation laws, and these laws vary as to how mental illness will be covered.
In general, if you've been injured at your job, mental illness would only be covered if it was a direct result of your injury.
One example might be a traumatic head injury or injury to the spine that affects brain function.
There are also some examples of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression being covered if an employee went through something really horrible, or witnessed it happen to another employee.
It's important to keep in mind that these problems can be hard to diagnose sometimes; it can also be hard to prove they happened because of a work-related incident.
If you're injured on the job, you need a workers' compensation lawyer experienced in BOTH Kansas and Missouri law. The laws are different from state to state, and sometimes the outcome may be affected by where your injury took place.
You should also make sure the attorney will investigate your case and help you prove your mental illness is what you think it is. They should be ready to get started right now, since you can get penalized if you wait on a workers' comp claim.
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