Not only can physical injuries qualify for workers' compensation, but under Iowa law, mental health conditions can also be eligible for compensation benefits as well. Iowa Workers' Compensation laws cover both psychiatric injury from singular events and conditions developing over time, such as depression and severe anxiety. In order for these types of conditions to be covered by Iowa Workers' Compensation, it must be shown that the mental or psychiatric problem was primarily caused by your work or, more commonly, related to a physical injury at work.
It is not uncommon for an employee who has suffered a severe work injury to develop depression. They may have experienced loss of employment or be unable to work at their previous capacity. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, it is very important to see your doctor to discuss these issues. Not only can this negatively impact your health, it may interfere with your ability to return to work.
Chronic depression can be debilitating, and in Workers' Compensation, it is considered an industrial disability. This is when a work injury results in permanent disability to the body as a whole. Ultimately there is a determination of how the injury affects your ability to work in percentage terms. If you lose 50 percent of your ability to work, you would be entitled to 50 percent of 500 weeks (amount set by law) or 250 weeks of Workers' Compensation benefits for the injury. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced Workers' Comp. lawyer to determine what you may be entitled to regarding benefits for an injured worker with depression. Law firms, such as Pothitakis Law Firm, provide a free initial consultation to advise you about your claim.