Do you qualify for workers’ compensation for mental illnesses?

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Work, even fulfilling dream work, can drain you. Burn-out, stress and emotional and physical exhaustion are far from uncommon phenomena in the workplace.

In certain cases, workplace conditions can even cause anxiety and depression. When this happens, you may need treatment and time off, but these can be expensive. Workers’ compensation can help defray the costs and professional difficulty associated with obtaining the help you need.

Illinois treats physical and mental injuries the same

The state does not discriminate between physical and mental workplace injuries when it comes to workers’ compensation. However, just as with physical ones, there is a burden of proof. There must be enough evidence to prove that your work caused the development of the mental illness.

Medical proof is necessary

It is not enough to list certain events or conditions and relate them to your mental illness, though doing so is also important and can help build your case. You also need a medical diagnosis from a professional who can help you show how work factors lead to symptoms and the overall impact on your mental well-being.

Depression, anxiety and other mental conditions can seriously impact quality of life and ability to carry out everyday tasks; in the workplace, it can decrease productivity, enthusiasm, energy and overall mood, keeping you from working at full capacity. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide the funds and opportunity to receive the care you need to begin to heal. There is a deadline to report your mental harm to your employer and file a claim, so it is important to do so as soon as possible.

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