Atlanta, Georgia, Psychological Injury lawyers
Most on the job injuries are physical, that is, to the back, the arm, etc. Sometimes, however, an injury can just affect the injured worker mentally or psychologically. While these injuries cannot be seen, they are every bit as real and can be every bit as disabling.
Not all psychological injuries are covered under workers' compensation. The so called "mental mental" cases are not covered. These are cases in which the worker develops mental or psychological difficulties without having an actual physical injury. Examples of these types of cases are stress claims and sexual harassment claims.
If there has been any physical injury at all, however, no matter how small, you may be able to make it a Georgia workers' compensation claim for a mental or psychological injury. This issue frequently comes up with victims of robberies who can have very real psychological problems as a result of this experience. Even a bruise will be enough to make this a workers' compensation claim. Contact the workers' compensation lawyers at Long & Holder to ask them about this.
More common is the mental or psychological injury which develops following a physical injury. An extended period of disability or pain can cause an injured worker to develop a mental or psychological injury that requires treatment by a mental health professional. The workers' compensation insurer is responsible for this treatment. It is possible that the physical injury has healed but that the mental difficulties still remain.
The mental or psychological injury lawyers at our law firm have many years of experience in helping injured workers in getting the treatment that they need which can help to restore their peace of mind and get them back to work.
Examples of our success
Our firm has had considerable success representing clients with psychological or mental injuries resulting from on the job injuries. Some of our successful cases include:
- Our client was sexually assaulted in the course of her employment. She was devastated and barely able to function. The extensive psychological treatment she received during the course of her claim allowed her to go to school to get a degree in nursing. Jim Long settled her case for $225,000. She is now functioning well as a nurse professional.
- Jim Long represented a man who was buried up to his neck in dirt as a result of a construction accident. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was not able to return to work. Jim Long settled his case for $175,000 together with a Medicare Set Aside.
- Our client suffered an injury to his head which the insurance company thought was minor. He had to move back home out of state. Jim Long found a helpful and sympathetic psychologist in the client's hometown and traveled several times to take depositions. Jim Long went to court to have the client's benefits restarted and several years later went to court again in order to keep them from b eing stopped. Jim Long had the claim designated as catastrophic and settled the case for $100,000 after the client received benefits for 10 years.
Our attorneys will show to the judge and/or the insurance adjuster that your on the job injury caused your need for mental or psychological treatment. Contact our law firm today for your free consultation.