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What if your employee’s depression was caused by his or her job?

There are many types of workplace injuries that can happen at your company. Some individuals may suffer from carpal tunnel while others may deal with extremely serious injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, burns and lacerations. It makes sense of course that some individuals in certain workforces are more likely to get injured than others and companies do their best to make sure these injuries rarely happen.

But what if we consider a whole other group of injuries? That group is mental injuries. Is it possible to suffer from a mental injury, such as depression, due to his or her job? What if they suffer a physical injury in the workplace and that eventually leads to depression? Most business owners know some information about workers’ compensation as it relates to physical injuries, but not every employer has had to deal with the topic of workers’ compensation as it relates to a mental injury.

While an employee may claim their mental injury was the result of their job, there has to be some strong evidence that proves the job either caused the mental injury or aggravated an existing mental condition. Every state handles this topic of causation differently and a workers’ compensation defense attorney can provide more information about the process.

This type of injury may be difficult for your employee to discuss. It’s important to take these cases seriously but also make sure that each case is supported by solid evidence.

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