Chicago PTSD Injury Attorneys
Psychological Injuries Suffered by First Responders in Illinois
First responders are not only at risk of suffering physical injuries and disabilities while on the job. They are also at higher-than-average risk of suffering a psychological injury that causes them extreme disability for as long as it persists, which could be permanent.
Did you suffer a psychological injury like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while working as a first responder in the Chicagoland area? If so, then Anesi Ozmon wants to hear from you. We are proud to be a local law firm that is trusted by hardworking individuals like yourself.
We can help the following first responders with PTSD and mental health difficulty claims:
Do not let another day go by without exploring your disability options. You could make your life much more comfortable just by beginning a disability claim regarding your mental health and related challenges. Come to our firm and see where to start.
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Psychological Injury Disability Coverage
Although not all psychological injuries and illnesses are recognized as being work related, many have been acknowledged by courts in recent years. It is simpler than ever for someone to file for disability benefits, even temporary benefits because of a mental health condition. The key is that the psychological condition must be severe enough to interfere with the first responder’s ability to continue to work without treatment. Some cases involve permanent mental health difficulties that interfere with all forms of gainful employment.
Psychological disability coverage is available to most types of workers. Yet it is no coincidence that first responders develop these psychological conditions more frequently. The intense, ever-stressful environment of first responder work can be dangerously taxing on an individual’s mental health. Even after just a few weeks or months on the job, severe psychological trauma can occur.
Situations and scenes that can cause psychological trauma include:
- Witnessing the death of a colleague or someone you were trying to save.
- Helping people with grievous injuries.
- Suffering a severe injury while in the line of duty.
- Seeing violent destruction like a house fire or car accident.
Different Types of Psychological Injuries
A person can suffer many different types of psychological injuries or conditions. Because we are all “wired” uniquely, it can be difficult to predict just how work-related traumas will impact you. It is important to see a trusted psychiatric professional to get a full understanding of your psychological condition and how to address it. Your physician may also attempt to determine what caused it, such as aspects of your employment as a first responder.
Different forms of mental health difficulties and traumas include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): People suffering from PTSD will relive past traumas when exposed to similar circumstances again. For example, a firefighter who was severely injured in a fire at an industrial warehouse might experience panic attacks whenever responding to a call at any similar industrial site.
- Depression: It is not uncommon for first responders to develop severe or chronic depression due to the circumstances of their day-to-day work. Seeing severe injuries or criminal acts of violence so often is harrowing and can cause a first responder to harbor feelings of hopelessness.
- Anxiety: The constant stress of being a first responder who has to act in emergencies each day is more than enough to trigger anxiety. You might be suffering from work-related anxiety as a first responder if you feel constantly on edge or alert, get overstimulated easily, or become paralyzed by fear when thinking about the next time you work.
Find Out If You Can Get PTSD Disability
As stated earlier, disability benefits for first responders relating to mental health conditions and psychological trauma is important yet not always easily available. If you are a first responder in the Chicagoland area and you are worried that your disability claim could be denied because you do not have a physical, tangible injury, then you should reach out to our firm immediately. Our PTSD disability lawyers are standing by to help the brave men and women who help our communities every single day!
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