Stress can be mental, emotional, or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. It may cause such symptoms as raised blood pressure or even depression. Job stress can cause illness, injury and psychological breakdown that can cause a permanent or temporary disability.
In 1960, a court upheld a work place stress workers’ compensation claim by an automotive assembly line worker who had difficulty keeping up. To avoid falling behind, he worked on several assemblies at the same time and he kept getting the parts from the different assemblies mixed up. He was subjected to frequent criticism from his supervisor and eventually he suffered a psychological ‘nervous’ breakdown.
Since that 1960 court decision we have learned a lot about the relationship between workplace stress and occupational disease. Many studies have looked at the relationship between job stress and physical and psychological ailments. Some recent studies have even suggested a relationship between on-the-job stress and cancer, suicide, ulcers and an impaired immune system. We know that job stress results in several types of chronic health issues, including cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychological disorders. Many of these these work related impairments are eligible for workers’ compensation.
Early warning signs of work related stress include headaches, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, short temper, difficulty concentrating, low morale and low self-esteem and degrading relationships with family, co-workers and friends. If you or someone you know is unable to work and it seems to be the result of workplace stress, give us a call. We have the experience to take on difficult post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression disorders and anxiety disorder claims as well as challenging cases involving workplace stress and workers’ compensation claims.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, titled, “STRESS…At Work” 1999 DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 99101, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101/