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Invisible Injuries: PTSD and TX Workers’ Compensation

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Texas has a large number of people who work in dangerous career fields, such as construction, maritime work, and the oil industry. Because of this, many workers are injured on the job each year. These individuals are then unable to work until they physically recover from their accidents, and will likely receive workers’ compensation benefits until they can work once again.

What happens, however, if you were working alongside someone who was seriously injured or killed? Seeing tragedy unfold at your place of work can have a lifelong effect on people, often to the point that they are unable to work, or even unable to exist comfortably in their normal world. While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typically thought of referring to men or women who have served in the military, anyone can experience its effects.

Is there hope for those who suffer from PTSD?

Many workplaces in Texas offer grief counseling and support for workers who have witnessed a friend or coworker succumb to injury or death on the job. For many people, regularly attending these events can help them cope with trauma and move forward. For others, however, PTSD may set in and make it nearly impossible to perform their jobs.

If you have witnessed a traumatic event at work and feel that you may be suffering from PTSD, it is important for you to seek the help of a medical professional. You may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of any medical appointments you need. If your employer has opted out of workers’ compensation insurance, you may still be able to file a third-party claim against the negligent party that caused your PTSD.

If you are suffering from PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event at work, seek the help of a medical professional immediately. If your employer is unwilling to cover your treatment under workers’ compensation, you are not out of options. Call Houston workplace injury lawyer Steve Lee at 800-232-3711 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney today.

Category: Construction, Refinery, Industrial, On the Job Injuries and Workers' Comp


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