Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops when you encounter a traumatizing event. Trauma can happen in almost all settings, and paramedics are susceptible to PTSD as well. Many insurance companies will always try to deny you compensation following a PTSD encounter. That is why our professional attorneys will always be ready to seek justice for you.
Although not all, most states allow paramedics to have compensation claims following the occurrence of a PTSD incident.
Causes of PTSD for Paramedics
Some of the workplace situations that can trigger a PTSD claim for paramedics include:
- A patient dies in the hands of the paramedic, for instance, in the ambulance on the way to hospital
- Responding to a medical emergency of a violent crime scene -scary sight of bleeding and body damage
- The guilt of a parent paramedic attending the death of a child
- Injury by violent patients
- Slip-and-fall injuries
Symptoms of PTSD
The above occurrences and many others can lead to PTSD symptoms like:
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Cognitive decline
- Physical effects – headaches, fatigue, nausea and ulcers
PTSD Worker’s Compensation Regulations
You can’t qualify for benefits unless you witnessed or experienced a traumatizing event in the scope of workplace routine, and you consequentially suffered PTSD symptoms that affected your working capabilities. Above all, you need to see a psychologist or psychiatrist to diagnose that you suffer PTSD symptoms after a traumatic event happened in the line of your healthcare duties.
Why You Need a Lawyer before Filing a PTSD Claim
Winning a “PTSD with delayed symptoms” claim without the help of a professional lawyer is almost impossible. The insurance company will argue on the basis that a long time has elapsed since the PTSD-triggering event. On the other hand, treatment for PTSD can be very expensive for you and your family to foot. In some extreme incidences, it could be impossible for you to continue working as a paramedic after the onset of PTSD, meaning you end unemployed. That’s why filing a PTSD claim through a qualified lawyer is indispensable for you to win the case and secure a compensation that is commensurate with the extent of your suffering or damages. Further, never fight the insurance company on your own without the help of experienced lawyers.
I’m Brian Ricci, a workers’ compensation lawyer at the Ricci Law Firm; if you live in Greenville, North Carolina and the surrounding areas of Pitt County, we will be glad to represent your case. We will not only help in filing a lawsuit and representing you in the courts, but we will also advise and enlighten you on issues revolving PTSD workers’ comp claims and ensure the insurance company does not shun its obligations.
I am a longtime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are a group of top rated US trial lawyers with multi-million dollar settlements and case verdicts for the injured clients we have served.
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