Michigan lawyer discusses work stress and how to make sure it gets covered under workers’ comp.
Our experience is that most people have work stress. It is usually manageable and does not interfere with their ability to perform their jobs. However, for some it can be overwhelming and turn into a real disability. This can manifest by them having physical symptoms, not showing up for work, not completing assigned tasks, or having trouble interacting with coworkers. Clients reach out to us wondering if they can file a workers’ comp claim for stress in Michigan and if they have a chance to win the case.
Employees who have work stress can experience a number of symptoms both physical and emotional. This can lead to cardiovascular conditions like strokes or heart attacks and these should be covered. Sometimes a person develops depression or anxiety.
Can you get workers’ comp for stress claims in Michigan?
In Michigan, you can get workers’ comp for stress and anxiety claims if you win your case. Medical treatment should be covered 100% without any co-pays. This includes prescription medications and therapy. Lost wages should also be paid while the employee is unable to work.
How to win a workers’ comp stress claim in Michigan?
In Michigan, employees are covered under workers’ comp for stress claims but to win a case it is critical that a person seek professional help and get a formal medical diagnosis. The facts must show that the stress arose from actual events of employment. Medical evidence must also show that work stress is disabling and not caused by other life factors.
Psychiatric claims based upon work stress must have some factual basis. This means it must result from actual events of employment. It cannot be based upon delusions or the imagination of an impaired mind. In Michigan, to win a workers’ comp claim for stress an experienced attorney must present evidence showing objective facts that a reasonable person would accept as causing work stress. For example, toxic work environments caused by verbal or physical abuse, being singled out for disciplinary actions, unreasonable deadlines or overwork, sexual harassment.
Medical evidence must also show that work stress has caused an employee to be unable to do their job. This can be based upon a subjective reaction, but it must be significant enough when compared to other life factors. To successfully win a Michigan workers’ comp claim for stress a medical professional must testify that work stress is the cause of your disability.
How do I file a claim?
In Michigan you must: 1) Give notice of injury to the employer within 90 days of it occurring. 2) Make a claim for lost wages and/or medical treatment within 2 years of the accident.
When giving notice of injury it is recommended to fill out an accident report so there is written proof. Also, when making a case for lost wages and/or medical treatment it is a good idea to send this request in writing.
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If you have suffered from work stress in Michigan and need help with your workers’ comp claim or if you are wondering if you have a case to win, call now or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. Our attorneys are here for you.
Our attorneys have been exclusively helping injured workers in Michigan for more than 35 years. Our attorneys can help you better understand Michigan work injury laws and what happens after someone has been hurt on the job. To see what our own clients have to say about the caring, compassion, and communication they received from us, you can read in their own words about their experience here on our testimonials page from clients we have helped.
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