The Causes and Effects of a Work-related Psychological Injury in New Jersey
If you are spending time off work because of an injury, you may think that your employer will have no choice but to provide workers’ compensation. However, if you are suffering from a psychological injury, you may be facing an uphill battle for compensation—despite the fact that these conditions are one of the most common types of workplace injury.
Work-related psychological disorders include a range of injuries with varying symptoms. They are often classified into four groups: affective disturbances (such as anxiety or irritability); behavioral problems (such as substance abuse or sleep disturbances); psychiatric disorders (such as neuroses); and somatic complaints (such as headache or gastrointestinal distress caused by workplace stressors).
According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, psychological disorders have a number of causes and effects, including:
- Unsatisfactory work environment. Evidence suggests that dissatisfaction with a work environment heavily contributes to psychological disorders. Such factors include work overload, lack of control over one's work, unsupportive co-workers or supervisors, limited opportunities for advancement, role ambiguity, rotating shifts, and machine-paced work.
- Cumulative effect. Stressful working conditions often have a systemic influence, leading the victims to suffer other diseases and disorders due to weakened immune systems.
- A costly diagnosis. A 1982 study of medical claims throughout the country found that 11% of all occupational disease claims were for "mental stress" that developed gradually (not caused by any one traumatic incident). In addition, the average medical costs for these disorders actually surpassed the average amounts for other occupational diseases in that year.
You may not have control over the work environment that caused your injury, but you can get control of your life. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. is a trusted New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney who can help get you and your family on the road to recovery after a psychological injury. Call us today at (877) 360-0183, or fill out the contact form above to set up your FREE consultation. Your contact with us is always free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
Want to know more about New Jersey workers’ rights? Click the link on this page to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.