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Does mental illness qualify for workers' compensation?

As an employee in New York, you may qualify for workers' compensation if you sustain an injury on the job. In general, workers' compensation benefits allow you to continue receiving income while you recover from an injury you got at work. Many claims involve physical injuries, but there are numerous mental health issues that could affect your ability to work. While mental illness may affect your life just as much as a physical injury, getting workers' compensation for it may be a complicated process.

The link between burnout and depression

New Yorkers who work in and around urban centers likely face some of the highest burnout rates in the country. The Empire State is known for its cut-throat business environment, high-pressure deals and a fast-paced life at work and play. While employers should take some personal responsibility for holding unreasonable — or at least, unhealthy — expectations of workers, it is ultimately up to workers to identify the signs of burnout and take action.

WHO recognizes burnout as a workplace illness

For years, occupational psychologists in New York and around the world have studied workplace burnout. Most of these studies have concluded that burnout is an occupational health hazard. They also noted that to improve employee morale, health and retention, employers should take better steps to invest in their employee’s mental health.

Employers are investing more money in mental health treatment

New York is a state of industry. Life here is fast-paced and people are always rushing about their daily business. Workers tend to be high-strung and burnout is just a part of the job. While this is not true for all of New York, it is the common way of life for many in the Big Apple. It comes as no surprise then that the increasingly high demands at work have led to an increase in employee mental health costs.

Mental illness in the workplace

People from all around the world flock to New York for work with dreams of building a better life. However, over time, many people become disengaged at work or so stressed that they begin looking for another job. This is as true of the rest of the United States as it is of New York. In fact, Forbes estimates that 50% of employees are disengaged and 70% are already looking for other work opportunities.

How to fight the flu and other illnesses at work

In New York, flu season begins around October and ends in May. Simply put, for half a year or more, New Yorkers are sniffling at home and at work. It does not help that the flu is highly contagious. According to Forbes, infected persons can spread the virus to other people a whole six feet away.

Dealing with your latex allergy in the workplace

While you enjoy going to work each day, you also appreciate knowing that while you are at work that you are in an environment that is safe, functional and productive. While every job has its unique risks, if your employer fails to manage these risks, you and your coworkers could end up hurt. At Angiuli & Gentile, LLP Attorneys at Law, we understand the concerns that workers in New York have when they go to work each day. 

Exposure to toxic chemicals while working

People suffer a variety of health consequences when things go wrong at work. Often, a lot of attention is given to accidents such as falls, mishaps involving equipment and dangerous machinery, and so on. However, there are many other ways in which people are hurt while working. For example, someone may be exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace, which could disrupt their life in different ways. Moreover, the consequences of this exposure may not be immediately evident and it may take some time for someone to realize the full extent of the damage.

Are you at risk for occupational hearing loss?

Employees in New York may be exposing themselves to conditions that will eventually result in permanent hearing loss, and they may not even know it. Occupational hearing loss is a common workers' compensation claim, and it is important workers know the risk factors so they can protect themselves from further injury.

Work-related mental health and helpful interventions

For many employees in New York, working can actually stimulate positive feelings and boost mental health. However, for others work can be the cause of a variety of mental health issues. Negative working conditions can lead to anxiety and depression, which can also increase the chances of physical injuries. To avoid workers' compensation claims due to mental health, employers should integrate interventions that promote, rather than ignore or belittle, mental health.

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