Some jobs are so dangerous they expose the average worker to traumatic experiences on a daily basis. As a result, many workers might develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. Most people associate PTSD with positions in the military, police, or firefighters, but it can affect tens of thousands of individuals across the United States each year. Federal and state employee rights and disability laws provide a basis to file claims for PTSD against employers. California is no different.
If you live in California and your PTSD is work-related, you are just as entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as any other injured worker. However, PTSD has a low ceiling with a maximum benefit of $1,066.
For those who need more than that, you might be able to get disability benefits from the state or from the federal government. California provides short-term disability benefits, and the federal government provides Social Security disability benefits.
If you are a veteran in California and your PTSD was caused by military services, you are eligible for veterans disability benefits if you were discharged under honorable conditions or received a GUHC discharge.
If you’re unsure which route to go with in your situation, we are more than happy to help. Our experienced Santa Ana worker’s comp attorneys have more than 50 years of combined legal experience helping workers with various types of injuries sustained on the job. Let us take a look at your case and offer skilled legal advocacy to help you meet your goals.
Contact us at (714) 500-8661 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.