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Does A Physical Work Injury Lead to Depression?

Posted on : January 25, 2019
Work Injury Attorney, Wanko Workers' Comp Lawyers

Work Injuries And Depression

If you have recently been hurt on the job and are curious about filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is recommended that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you with your claim, particularly given the number of people whose claims are denied during the first round of attempt.

Mental health problems can emerge in relation to a physical work injury especially in the six months following the injury and diagnosis of that injury. Approximately half of all workers who do not have a diagnosis of depression in the year prior to a work-related accident may feel depressed at some point or over the duration of the year following their injury. Researchers have also found that one in four people who have suffered an on the job injury may feel depressed at the one year mark and symptoms of depression are common among both those who try to go back to work and are unable to do so and those who are no longer working one year after their injury.

These are the results of a Canadian study pinpointing the problems with workplace injuries and the emotional and physical implications. The study also found that the first six months following a workplace accident are extremely important for the future mental health of the injured worker. This is the best opportunity to begin to screen for depression in order to begin treatments.

Symptoms of depression were most common during the first 12 months after the participants’ work injury and the overall mental health of the participants in the study tended to improve over time during the 12 months after injury, especially if the person had gotten treatment assistance. If you have been hurt on the job, there is no doubt that a workers’ compensation claim has ripple effects that can influence your entire life. Scheduling a consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you to file and recover compensation for your injuries.