PTSD in Law Enforcement: Collecting Workers Comp
Police officers put themselves at risk every day when they go to work protecting the public. But this dedication to serve sometimes comes at a great personal cost. Law enforcement officials are often known for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the emotional distress that comes with their job.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of PTSD, or if you were recently diagnosed with PTSD and need to take some time off work so you can get your life back on track, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Below, we describe the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on police officers and how to go about obtaining workers comp while you’re unable to work.
The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Law Enforcement
Dealing with the impact of PTSD can be a challenge for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for police officers who have to be able to focus all of their attention on their jobs at all times. PTSD symptoms include nightmares, social isolation, flashbacks, substance abuse, self-harm, insomnia, and several others that make it impossible for law enforcement to go to work every day.
Fortunately, when you recognize that your life is spiraling out of control and you seek treatment for your PTSD, you can learn to combat your symptoms and return to life as you knew it before your PTSD diagnosis.
Securing the Benefits You’re Entitled To
Just like other employees across the state of North Carolina who have suffered from conditions brought on by their job, police officers are also entitled to workers compensation benefits when they have been diagnosed with a work-related condition like PTSD.
To get started on your claim, you will first need to notify your employer within thirty days of your diagnosis of your mental health illness, if they are not already aware.
Your employer should then file a claim on your behalf, but your lawyer will assist you in also filing your workers comp claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), who is responsible for the regulation and enforcement of workers compensation laws in NC.
The hope is that your workman’s compensation claim will be approved soon after having been submitted. If it is, you will begin receiving your benefits shortly thereafter. This will include coverage of your medical costs as they relate to the treatment of your PTSD; job training, if applicable; and a salary continuation while you focus on recovering.
Get Help from a Law Enforcement Work Comp Lawyer
If you are a police officer or other member of law enforcement who needs help obtaining the workers compensation benefits you are owed, contact a law enforcement work comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A.
We are proud to offer injured police officers a free claim review where we can learn more about your case. To take advantage of this opportunity, give our office a call at 252-752-7785 or submit the online contact form we have provided below.