According to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, there are situations and scenarios that all employees to make claims with the OWCP for stress-related disabilities. Those qualifying disabilities typically fall into one of three categories:
Mental stimulation that leads to a physical injury like a stress-related heart attack.
Physical injury that leads to a mental disability like anxiety or PTSD.
Mental stimulation that lead to a mental condition like depression.
It’s important to note that these conditions can arise suddenly from some unexpected event (like witnessing workplace violence or a violent accident) or can be the result of prolonged exposure to workplace stress (like harassment). The OWCP states that these conditions are coverable. Additionally, if a work-related event aggravates a pre-existing condition, that can be covered as well.
In order for stress-related disabilities to be covered, it will be important to establish that the disability is resultant from regular work duties or from additional responsibilities imposed by the employer. Not all emotional and stress-related issues are covered. There are several criteria that must be met, but the good news is that they may be and are worth looking into.
Talk to a qualified workers compensation doctor to find out if you qualify and get the compensation that you need.