When you think about what the workers compensation system should cover— you likely think of physical injuries. Someone falls, breaks a bone, cuts themselves, or has any other type of accident. But what you might not consider are those injuries that you cannot see. Sure, there are occupational diseases, lifetime impairments, even arthritis— but there is also PTSD. PTSD can stem from a number of occupations; but the one were focusing on today is for a first responder.
First Responder PTSD and Worker’s Compensation Claims
A first responder comes to the scene— no matter the accident, and no matter the victim. Imagine that. Every day you treat severely injured or fatal children, mothers, fathers, friends… When they report to the scene, they have to distance themselves and get the job done. But what about when they go home? PTSD for first responders is extremely common. But when it comes to workers compensation, the lines become blurry, and paid treatment is often difficult to come by.
But, Why is That?
The system for workers compensation can be tricky sometimes. When it comes to North Carolina law, specifically, the law states that an injury is only eligible when the ‘injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment.’ But especially when it comes to first responders— the specific incident is difficult to point out. As we’ve said, every day presents it’s own challenges and difficult situations. Ultimately, you must have the ability to be extremely specific about what’s causing your PTSD.
Why Should It Be Otherwise?
For plenty of jobs, but especially that of a first responder, they are performing a duty that is often thankless. First responders see the worst of the accidents we see on the news. They endure, push through, and save lives. In doing so, they often sacrifice their own well-being, both mentally and physically.
How to Receive Worker’s Compensation for PTSD
Most denied claims for mental ailments come from their lack of clarity on the exact moment their problem began. While it’s hard to pin down a moment for most, consider beginning to write them down. Something sticks out to you, document it. Keeping a journal or log of what happens, how it affects you, and the dates— you have a much more likely chance of being accepted. These claims are tough to get through, but the more detail— the more likely. We wish you luck as you fight for your right to quality treatment, and we are here if you need us.