Work-Related Mental Illnesses
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
While these types of illnesses cannot be visibly seen, they can impact a person’s ability to perform their work responsibilities as well as interfere with their daily life. A person with a work-related mental illness may experience panic attacks, headaches, insomnia, intense fear, and PTSD flashbacks.
Workers’ Compensation for Mental Illness in Rhode Island
A workers’ comp attorney can determine whether or not your illness qualifies for workers’ compensation. To be eligible for benefits in Rhode Island, you must prove that a work injury exists that prevents you from doing your job. Under Title 28-34-2, occupational diseases are considered compensable. This means, any illness or mental injury caused by work-related trauma or emotional stress that leaves an employee disabled is treated as an injury, and that employee is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. To qualify, there must be evidence that the condition is disabling.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney in Rhode Island
It is important to have a Rhode Island lawyer on your side when you are filing a workers’ comp claim for mental illness. Many people are unaware that a mental illness connected to work may qualify for benefits, and they should not pay for medical costs out of pocket. A lawyer can protect your legal rights and make sure you file your Rhode Island workers’ comp claim within the necessary two years from the date of the disability. They can also determine the value of your claim and negotiate with your employer’s insurance company on your behalf. If your claim is denied, a lawyer can help request a hearing on your behalf where you can present evidence to support your claim.
- Documentation of any medical treatment you have received
- Diagnosis of the mental illness from a qualified medical professional
- Proof that your illness has prevented you from working at your current job