Mental Health Awareness Month

Raising awareness for people who suffer from mental health issues while on workers’ compensation.

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from mental health issues during their lifetime? We believe this number is even greater for people on workers’ compensation.

Many of our clients refuse to get help and are embarrassed by their circumstances. It is usually friends or family members who suggest treatment. Help us raise awareness this month by talking about this issue.

There is no simple test to show what a person is feeling or how it impacts their life. Mental health can impact a person’s ability to work. Treatment  is covered under workers’ compensation. Here are some of the challenges our clients experience.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

We have represented many clients diagnosed with PTSD. It is usually triggered by a traumatic event like a robbery or amputation. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety. Some of our clients are unable to re-enter the workplace. This is a serious medical condition that should not be ignored.

Anxiety

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your financial circumstances? Try losing your regular income and living on just 80% pay. Some people have their wage loss benefits cut-off entirely and must rely upon support from family members. This can lead to angry outbursts and strained relationships. Speak with a mental health professional if you have these symptoms.

Depression

A work accident can result in lifetime medical restrictions. Transitioning to a new career is extremely difficult. This is especially true for individuals who are older and less skilled. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. We have seen clients struggle with moving forward and living their life. It is important to speak with a doctor if you have these types of feelings.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

NAMI: Mental Health Month

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