If you have been employed or worked for someone or a company, then you will understand that there are work-related stresses, and they can take several forms. The typical work related stresses are in the form of injuries, and the most common one is one that results from doing a task over and over again. When the human body does repetitive movements, it strains the muscle and may lead to conditions such as the carpal tunnel syndrome. Due to such stresses that can be blamed on work, then there arises the question of whether workers should get compensated for work-related stresses. Though rare, work stress compensation exist.
According to an article that was posted on Claimwire, workers’ compensation is when an employee or worker receives compensation that can include medical and financial compensation for any injuries that they may have got when they were working. And stress can cause injuries, meaning workers should be compensated for the stress they undergo.
This has been a controversial debate, and three main questions always arise when the topic is raised. One of the questions is whether stress can result in permanent impairment. The second question is whether it can be proven that the cause of the stress is directly linked to work, and the final question is how to quantify the stress and whether it is reasonable for employees.
One thing is for sure, proving a case for work related stress so that you can get entitled for compensation is very difficult and this will be another stress you will have to encounter. What most employees do not know is that their state, most likely, has laws in place for such cases.
Most cases that are presented in court as work related stress so that they can be given compensation are presented mainly in two forms, as either a physical stress injury or mental stress injury. The former is the easiest to identify and prove a case. For instance, an administrative assistant may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome because of the constant movement due to tying or a person that stocks shelves and gets a back injury due to the heavy things that they lift. This is an easy one to prove but may face a challenge especially if told to prove if it is the work that caused it. However, when compared to mental stresses, it is hard to prove, and that translates to getting hard to get compensated for such stresses.
It is good to know that there is workers’ compensation for the stresses that they get from their work. However, be sure to check if your state has such laws in place.