Psychological Conditions - The Ballooning Workers' Comp Claim


It can start as a simple arm strain or neck strain. The strain becomes chronic. The strain aggravates a pre-existing condition, such as a Type II acromion in the shoulder or degenerative disc disease in the spine. The employee remains off work, then has surgery. Sometimes the surgery does not resolve the physical issue, and the worker remains off for a year or more. Before long, the worker is asking the employer to pay for anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medicine.

This is exactly how a psychological claim often develops in a workers’ compensation case. What begins as a relatively routine injury develops into an expensive and exasperating one. Employers who want to save themselves money can take steps to help control those costs before total disability develops.

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