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PTSD and Workers’ Comp Claims in Ohio


When individuals have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they may suffer from nightmares, anxiety, depression, and uncontrollable emotions and feelings. But, even if an Ohio worker feels PTSD is interfering with their work they are unable to claim a workers’ compensation claim solely on the diagnosis of PTSD.

Of course, PTSD can be connected to another issue, from a physical injury to occupational illness, that could be eligible for workers’ compensation. In those instances you can file a claim. Discuss your situation with our Columbus employment attorneys.

Ohio Workers Coping from PTSD

If an individual is coping with PTSD they can mention the diagnosis in their workers’ compensation claim, particularly if they are filing because of an injury or illness and the PTSD is connected to those issues. To do this, you may need documentation for your healthcare provider citing the diagnosis of PTSD. This could be from an experienced psychologist or a qualified psychiatrist. There could be the opportunity to treat the mental health condition along with the injury or illness, all part of one claim.

So, while you are unable to file a claim solely in connection with PTSD, it could be part of a larger workers’ compensation claim. If your main concern is a mental health condition, long-term disability might be a possibility, depending on the circumstance and the length of time you have been employed at your place of work.

If short-term disability, workers’ compensation, is what you are seeking, the reason needs to be connected to one of the following reasons:

  • A work activity or task resulted in physical injury.
  • Due to exposure to work-related substances there has been occupational illness.
  • Work accidents have resulted in fatalities.

While PTSD is not the basis of an Ohio workers’ compensation claim now, it is a known issue that is being explored by Ohio lawmakers. The House of Representatives moved a bill forward in 2019 that would have allowed PTSD workers’ comp benefits for safety workers, particularly firefighters and law enforcement. While it did not pass the Senate, it is high on the list of priorities for many lawmakers in Ohio.

Talk to our Ohio Employment Lawyers If You Have Been Hurt at Work

After a work injury, whether the injury resulted in mental health issues connected to injuries or not, it is important that employees fight for their rights. Our Columbus employment attorneys can help. Most workers are not familiar with all of the classifications involved in workers’ compensation claims so it is helpful to have a legal professional on your side.

Every situation is unique and even if you have heard from your supervisor you are not eligible, it is worth it to explore your options with a lawyer. You need an advocate on your side.

Are you interested in filing a workers’ compensation claim in Ohio? The Columbus employment lawyers at Coffman Legal LLC are strong and committed advocates for all Ohio workers. Contact our attorneys today to further discuss your employment claim. They can guide you through the process of securing compensation that you deserve. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation.


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