California workers who experience a work-related accident may have immediate physical injuries plus secondary issues. Examples of these secondary issues could be gastrological problems, PTSD, depression or other mental health concerns.
Understanding how workers’ compensation applies to these secondary issues is important for employees seeking support.
1. Eligibility for coverage
California’s workers’ compensation system acknowledges the connection between physical and mental health. If workers can establish a clear link between their work-related accident and the subsequent secondary issue, they may be eligible for compensation.
2. Documenting the connection
Establishing a connection between the work accident and the secondary issue is necessary. Medical documentation and expert opinions play a major role in this process. Employees should promptly seek medical attention for both the primary and secondary issues. Employees should also ensure that health care professionals clearly outline the cause-and-effect relationship.
3. Timely reporting
Workers in California must report their work-related injuries and any secondary issues promptly. Delayed reporting may hurt the chances of receiving compensation. Notify employers as soon as possible and follow the established reporting procedures.
4. Permanent disability
In cases where secondary issues result in a permanent disability, workers may be eligible for compensation for the lasting impact on their ability to work. Medical evaluations will determine the extent of the disability and the corresponding benefits. A medical rating of 100% means a permanent total disability, and those cases are relatively rare.
California workers grappling with secondary issues stemming from a work-related accident should be aware of their rights under the state’s workers’ compensation system. This helps them navigate the process and secure the support they need for a comprehensive recovery.