Many people experience depression, anxiety, or another stress disorder. For some, the causes of the disorder seem to be directly correlated to work or work-related factors. If this is the case, and the stress disorder is creating debilitating conditions, then it might be helpful to have a conversation about whether you could receive workers’ comp for your depression.
We will shoot straight with you: Georgia law does allow for workers’ comp to be granted for depression and other mental health conditions under selective circumstances. In order to receive workers’ comp for depression, though, you usually have to be able to prove the depression is a direct result of a physical injury that is also eligible for workers’ comp. This kind of depression is known as consequential depression. In other words, if you can verify, via medical and professional mental healthcare reports, that your depression was caused by a work-related injury, then your workers’ comp benefits can include care for your depression and/or anxiety as well.
Unfortunately, workplace stress can come in many forms other than physical injury, and Georgia law does not currently have policies in place that address bullying or other toxic workplace behaviors that are linked to stress-induced mental health difficulties. Nevertheless, despite the challenges of negotiating a successful workers’ comp case in the absence of a clearly definable physical incident, it’s likely still worthwhile for you to talk to an attorney about your situation to receive the legal care and counsel you deserve. Call us today and we can help you work through your options.