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Can a Work Injury Cause PTSD?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”

While workers’ compensation doesn’t typically cover issues related to PTSD or other mental injuries, they may become more prevalent as employees are increasingly expected to handle unreasonable workloads, long hours, and a poor work-life balance. In addition, just because it’s uncommon for workers’ compensation to cover issues related to PTSD, that doesn’t mean a work injury can’t prompt the disorder.

Continue reading to learn more about whether work injuries can cause PTSD.

Professions In Which PTSD Is Common

Typically, people who work as first responders are the most likely of common modern-day professionals to experience PTSD. People working in the following professions are the most likely to experience PTSD as a result of day-to-day work and/or injuries sustained as a result of daily duties:

  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Emergency medical technicians

People working in the following professions may also experience a great number of PTSD cases:

  • Correctional officers
  • Emergency dispatch operators
  • Child protective services employees

Work Injuries Resulting in PTSD

In short, the answer to whether work injuries can cause PTSD is yes. People may develop the disorder as a result of a work injury. Essentially, any worker anywhere can witness or be part of a traumatic situation that can lead to PTSD.

Luckily, Mississippi workers are usually compensated for PTSD that stems from a physical injury endured on the job.

If you’ve sustained an injury while working and it led to PTSD, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our attorneys here at are highly skilled in the area of workers’ compensation law and have helped many other workers just like you obtain the justice they deserved. Let us see if we can help you seek justice, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your case right away.

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