If you are a first responder, you have a higher risk of experiencing a traumatic or emotionally stressful event while at work. Mental health issues can be just as limiting and even more pervasive than physical injuries at work. This is why it is possible for workers who have suffered mentally due to working experiences to claim workers' compensation.
Perhaps the most common mental disorder that is acquired due to working conditions is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that can be acquired after a single traumatic experience, however, it can develop over time as a response to multiple events.
What are the symptoms of PTSD and how can it be treated?
Symptoms of PTSD can include feeling depressed or constantly in a state of anxiety or panic. It is typically characterized by a person having flashbacks of the traumatic event, and often having trouble sleeping because of their emotional discomfort and anxiety. Sufferers of PTSD can often benefit from therapy and they may be prescribed medication to help with their specific symptoms. The severity of PTSD may mean that the sufferer is unable to work for a significant amount of time.
How can workers' compensation help employees who are struggling after a traumatic event?
Workers' compensation can help employees to recover any lost wages that they experienced due to taking time off work during recovery. First responders in the state of Maryland are entitled to a higher level of benefits in comparison with other workers. This means that they will likely be able to gain a higher monetary award for lost wages.
Additionally, first responders will be entitled to compensation for any appropriate type of medical treatment that they received due to mental struggles in the aftermath of the traumatic event. This could be compensation for therapy and counseling courses, or other types of medical bills.
If you want to know what you are entitled to as a first responder who has been affected by a traumatic event, it is important that you conduct thorough research. You should also make sure that you take action to file for workers' compensation as soon as possible.