Statistics show that each year about 8,000 Australians file a successful workers’ compensation claim for mental health conditions resulting from the workplace. In total, psychological workplace injuries make up 9% of all workers’ compensation claims.
If you have a psychological workplace injury, this article will guide you on how to start your claim.
What Are Psychological Injuries?
Psychological injuries could affect your life both in and out of the workplace. In fact, these injuries can lead to disorders, such as:
- Anxiety .
- Post-traumatic stress.
While some levels of workplace stress are normal, excessive levels of stress can cause psychological strain.
Some factors that may lead to psychological injuries include:
- Traumatic experiences, such as violence.
- Natural disasters.
- Physical workplace injuries.
- Excessive workloads.
- Bullying and harassment.
What Workers’ Compensation Covers Regarding Psychological Injury
If your psychological workers’ compensation claim is successful, compensation payments may cover:
- Medical expenses, e.g., doctors, psychologists and medication.
- Income loss for being unable to work.
- Rehabilitation costs.
How to Start Your Psychological Injury Claim
Before you make your claim, it’s vital that you follow the necessary steps to ensure success.
Here’s the steps you’ll need to perform:
1. Visit your doctor
As soon as you believe you’re suffering from a psychological injury, seek treatment from your doctor. You may also be referred to a psychologist. Not only will these visits support your mental health, but they also provide a track record of your illness.
2. Report your injury
If your doctor or psychologist confirms that you have a psychological injury due to your workplace, you must report it to your employer. It’s crucial to report the injury in writing as soon as you have been made aware.
3. Ask your doctor for a Certificate of Capacity
This certificate details your illness and how it affects your work. It’s also a necessary document to support a successful workers’ compensation claim.
4. Consult with a lawyer to support your application
Workers’ compensation claims can be tricky, especially when it comes to psychological illnesses. That’s why it’s a good idea to consult an expert before filling out your application. A lawyer can build a cohesive case for why you deserve compensation for your psychological injury.
5. Submit your claim with the help of your lawyer
You’ll need to ask your employer for their workers’ compensation claim form. Alternatively, you can get one from your doctor or your nearest WorkCover authority. Once you fill out the compensation claim and attach your Certificate of Capacity, you can send it to your employer. Ensure you also keep copies of the forms for your records.
Are You Suffering from a Psychological Workplace Injury?
As you know, proving the source of a psychological injury can be quite challenging. That’s why we’re here to help. With our expert guidance, we’ll support you through every step of the way to filing your workers’ compensation claim.
So if you feel like you’re the victim of a psychological workplace injury or your treating doctors have already confirmed it, get in contact with us today.