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Do mental injuries qualify for worker’s compensation in Oklahoma?

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Jobs can have an emotional toll on those who work in dangerous fields, such as construction, oil and factory workers. The need for fast-paced labor and the constant pressure of working in hazardous conditions can harm their mental health, and mental injuries are serious. However, Oklahoma’s worker’s compensation system only covers them in particular situations.

The need for a physical injury

The law states that workers in Oklahoma can only ask for compensation for a mental injury when it was caused by a physical injury acquired at work. This means that they cannot ask their employers to pay for their treatment only because they witnessed something horrible at work. The state only pays for a mental injury when the worker also has a physical work injury.

An exception

In rare cases, workers with mental injuries can get worker’s compensation benefits even if they don’t have a physical injury. The law says that a person with a mental injury can receive these benefits if rape or criminal violence that happened in the workplace caused their condition. For example, a worker could get compensation if they have a mental injury because someone assaulted them while working.

The right of workers

Workers who suffer from criminal violence during work can receive compensation for a mental injury. The same applies to those who have a mental condition caused by the trauma of a physical work injury. However, those who suffer from a great deal of pressure at work cannot ask for compensation, even if the stress they face damages their mental health.

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