You don’t like to talk about your injury at work. Not because you’re sick of talking to insurance adjusters or filling out forms about your accident, but because you can’t think about the accident without reliving it. Your pulse races, you feel scared, even angry—and you keep picturing the events when you’re awake and asleep.
Many people have this reaction after a traumatic experience at work. Even if you were not physically injured, you could still suffer emotional effects and even ill-health after an accident. In fact, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common after-effect of many “near misses” of serious injuries.
Here are a few New Jersey work evacuations that may cause PTSD symptoms:
- Terrorist threats – In this terrible age where shootings and bombings in public places are a reality, it is only natural for survivors to carry emotional scars. A study done by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that 96 percent of civilians who successfully evacuated the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 reported at least one current post-traumatic stress symptom two to three years after the attack occurred.
- Fires and explosions – A sudden explosion can cause burns and trampling injuries as workers cram the exits. But, it could also cause mental distress as employees witness coworker’s injuries or are unable to rescue friends.
- Chemical spills – Many workers suffer burns and respiratory problems due to chemical inhalation, but many are mentally affected by the disaster as well as the cleanup procedures. An Iowa woman recently filed a case for mental anguish because she was forced to disrobe and sprayed with a fire hose after an ammonia leak in her workplace in 2010.
- Natural disasters – In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many workers who could not leave their jobs suffered from flooding, isolation, and building collapse. Many buildings were evacuated while others were inaccessible, leaving workers stranded without running water or electricity.
If you are experiencing PTSD symptoms after a NJ work evacuation, you should know that you are not alone. There are treatments available that can help you sleep and even return to work when you feel ready, allowing you to get your life back.
Workers’ compensation attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get payment for the treatments you need, as well as a regular income while you heal. Call our offices today at 877-360-0183 or click the link above to read more in our FREE report, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.