Posted on: August 14, 2013
Workplace stress can be extremely dangerous. Stress has been linked to major health problems including everything from serious intestinal issues to anxiety, heart conditions, and even cancer.
While most South Carolina employees might not think their constant workplace stress is a workers’ compensation issue, it very well could be. If your work-related stress is causing health problems, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away in order to get a better understanding of complicated workers’ compensation laws and your rights.
What workers’ comp covers
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover your medical bills related to both physical and mental treatments for your workplace stress, and can provide two-thirds of your wage, including tips, overtime and bonuses, if your stress keeps you from working for more than seven days.
Not all workers’ comp issues are physically visible
When most people think about making a workers’ compensation claim, they think about injuries that draw blood and require trips to the hospital – falls and cuts and the kind of thing that happens to employees who climb ladders or use heavy equipment. However, many South Carolina workers spend most of their days in offices and planted in front of computer screens.
There are plenty of repetitive stress injuries, such as carpel tunnel syndrome, that office workers are familiar with. Increasingly, office workers are realizing that prolonged exposure to extremely stressful office environments is also causing more serious health issues.
Especially in cases that involve workplace stress and resulting mental or physical illness, making a workers’ compensation claim on your own can be challenging. Such claims are relatively new and can be confusing for everyone involved. That’s why it’s important to work with a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney. You might have to deal with your illness or injury for the rest of your life and have only one opportunity to get the benefits you need to help you manage.
Talk to the experienced legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We can meet you in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, or anywhere in South Carolina for a f ree case evaluation that can help you understand your rights and options.