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Should workers' compensation cover mental trauma?

When a California worker suffers an injury on the job, he or she could be eligible for certain benefits. Through a claim filed through the employer's workers' compensation insurance policy, a worker may be able to secure benefits necessary to cover medical bills, a portion of lost wages and more. However, there are some who believe these benefits should also extend to individuals suffering from mental trauma from work. 

Some types of jobs, particularly those that expose employees to high-risk and high stress situations, can result in mental struggles. Post-traumatic stress disorder is more common with people who work as fightfighters, law enforcement and more. Many people think individuals suffering from these types of issues should be able to get workers' compensation benefits, providing them with support and time to recover. 

Organizations for California law enforcement officers and firefighters are supporting a bill recently brought before the state senate for consideration. This bill proposes allowing firefighters and police officers to seek workers' compensation for PTSD that developed as a result of the stress and trauma these types of employees often experience. Nevertheless, there are some who believe this bill could lead to a significant financial burden for local governments. 

If a person suffers injuries in a workplace accident, he or she has the right to seek support and help through a workers' compensation claim. It is not always easy to navigate the claims process, and an injured worker may find it beneficial to work with an experienced attorney. After an accident or the onset of an occupational illness, a person may want to seek an understanding of his or her rights. 

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