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Can you claim work-related stress on a workers' comp claim?

From having to work extra hours, managing your workload around those meetings nobody wants to attend or an argument with a coworker, everyone deals with some amount of stress at their job. It’s normal. That’s why it’s so hard to get a workers’ compensation claim approved when citing the cause is work-related stress.

But, there are exceptions. In New York, the State Workers’ Compensation Board will hear claims of mental distress.

So, what are the exceptions that could qualify as above-normal stress and have a better chance of board approval?

  • If your experiencing mental anxiety or stress that was caused by a physical injury that occurred while on the job.
  • If you feel that you suffered psychological stress due to you witnessing a traumatic event at your place of employment.
  • If your above-normal work-related stress appeared because of severely adverse or dangerous working conditions.

Some of the stressors that can lead to work-related stress are listed below.

  • A poor organizational culture
  • Bad management
  • Job requirements
  • Stressful work environment
  • Dealing with work relationships
  • A Lack of support
  • Different versions of trauma

As the employer, taking steps to ease the work-related stress of your employees has multiple benefits, including:

  • Reduced mental and physical health, thus a more productive work environment
  • Fewer on-the-job injuries, lost time or sick leave
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Increased engagement among employees
  • Reduced costs to the employer
  • Improved office morale and employee well-being.

If you are considering filing a claim for work-related stress, don’t be surprised it if gets rejected, but having a workers’ comp attorney on your side can only help your chances.

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