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Complications of invisible injuries

The injuries you incur while performing your Michigan job can vary from fractures to more serious spinal problems. However, some of the most harmful might be the ones you cannot see. At Adler Stilman, PLLC, we understand that the injuries you receive from stress, such as depression and anxiety, can affect your ability to work just as much as physical wounds.

Stressful situations at work can affect you in a variety of ways. The American Bar Association says that when you have high levels of stress, you might experience physical signs of this pressure or have emotional breakdowns and find yourself unable to think rationally. Sometimes you may receive workers' compensation if you experience permanent changes because of this stress.

However, these claims can sometimes be difficult. Because you do not have a physical injury, your claim is considered to be psychological. You typically need to demonstrate that a work situation had unusually high levels of stress which resulted in your current condition. Even with medical evidence and the testimony of a doctor, you may sometimes receive only temporary benefits. To receive permanent workers’ compensation benefits, the causality between your work situation and your condition usually needs to be undisputable.

When you are working in an extremely stressful situation and have incurred mental side effects, it can be confusing to know what you should do. You might have a workers’ compensation claim, though, if you have been diagnosed with a mental impairment or are coping with workplace harassment. You can find more information about the invisible injuries which accompany stress on our web page.

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