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Workplace injuries are not always physical

When it comes to adverse health effects suffered on the job, there are many different issues that an individual may suffer. Depending on the occupation, a worker may suffer repetitive stress injuries, blunt force trauma from a falling object or even a disease from exposure to hazardous materials or toxic chemicals. These are perhaps the most common types of injuries that a person may suffer on the job, but there are some issues that can be just as serious: psychological issues.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and when your job takes a toll on your psychological health, it can affect your life in many different ways. Some workers suffer from mental health issues before they begin work, and the nature of their job adds additional stress to these issues. Employers are often expected to accommodate these mental health issues or assist people in recovering, but failure to do so can affect wage-earning capacity and even general health.

Additionally, depending on the circumstances, a worker may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder if a serious tragedy occurs on the job. An injury suffered while working could make you frightened of similar circumstances in your daily life, or may make it difficult for you to perform simple, daily functions. In such instances, workers' compensation benefits may help you receive the therapy or assistance that you need in order to regain a sense of normalcy in your life.

The important thing to remember is that workers' compensation benefits do not just apply to physical ailments. If you are suffering from any psychological injury, and your job is directly related to the issue or exacerbates the issue, you could make use of workers' compensation to find assistance. Visit our webpage to learn how we can help you explore your circumstances and take full advantage of the benefits that are afforded to you under New York law.

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