Are Stress, Anxiety And Depression Compensable Under Workers' Comp?

Many people are surprised to learn that psychological conditions may be covered under workers' compensation. It is a problematic part of workers' comp because we all experience stress and anxiety, and sometimes depression, doing our jobs.

Workers' comp has historically been a way to resolve obvious physical harm. How does it apply to problems that are not obvious and physical?

From a legal standpoint, psychological injury encompasses mental or emotional harm that leads to suffering, damage, impairment or dysfunction. To be compensable, it must be demonstrable — you must show that the injury is real and work-caused. It must also be serious enough to interfere with your ability to do your job.

Compensation For Work-Related Stress, Anxiety And Depression

Psychological injuries that are most often compensated include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disturbances arising from traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion or chronic pain, or mood disturbances such as clinical depression, high anxiety, phobia and inability to adjust.


Note: Compensation for psychological injuries under Minnesota workers' compensation is seldom a "slam dunk." You need a lawyer experienced in this kind of claim and knowledgeable about the law on the books and the many cases that are relevant to yours.


Look To St. Paul Attorney Jack Baehman For Answers

We need to talk about the extent of your injuries and a positive strategy for obtaining proper compensation. Call Twin Cities workers' compensation lawyer Jack Baehman of Baehman Law in Woodbury at 651-447-6657, or reach him online by filling out this simple contact form.