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Can Depression Be Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation allows workers that have been injured on the job to be compensated for their lost wages, medical costs, and even occupational rehabilitation costs in a no-fault system. This type of coverage is meant to help those who have an injury that affects their ability to work keep their head above water while focusing on recovery. Most often, this insurance is associated with physical injuries, but mental injuries have more coverage than is known to workers.

Those who suffer from depression might have a case if their job caused their depression or aggravated a pre-existing condition or depression that arises from a physical work injury. Since depression is less concrete than a broken bone or bodily disease, it can be difficult to prove. However, there are some important facts to keep in mind when considering a claim.

Coverage under Workers’ Compensation

  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Permanent impairment
  • Prescriptions
  • Temporary, permanent total or partial disability
  • Reimbursement for travel to health care
  • Medical expenses

These types of general coverage can aid those suffering from depression move forward in their treatment and keep their life on track. If you are unsure if you qualify to make a claim for your depression, there are a few key factors to keep in mind.

  • Was there an accident or incident that led to the depression?
  • Did working worsen your symptoms or cause them?
  • Did your depression lead to lost wages due to taking off from work?
  • Are there conditions in the workplace that can be identified as worsening or causing depression?

Pinpointing what caused your depression to begin with, or what caused it to worsen, is the biggest part of making a claim. While these claims are not commonly awarded, those with depression that is a direct result of work have good reason to consider filing. The signs and symptoms of depression can be debilitating, such as:

  • Anxious feelings
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Restlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Change in appetite
  • Guilt
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Thoughts of harming oneself
  • Decrease in energy
  • Loss of interest

These are only a few examples of how depression can manifest. Depression is a serious ailment that many workers suffer from without being noticed. At Liebling Malamut, we understand how the effects of mental injuries can affect someone’s ability to work. Our South Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers can help. We understand the specific laws in New Jersey and will work to keep your life on track while you focus on what’s important: your recovery.