Bethlehem, PA asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: What are some examples of psychiatric work injuries that would qualify for workers' comp benefits in Pennsylvania?

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Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Hazleton, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: It isn't the diagnoses that matters, it is the events leading up to the diagnoses. The injury has to be caused by "abnormal working conditions." Abnormal has to be very severe. For example fear of economic issues, bodily harm or even termination of employment are not enough. Furthermore, the occupation matters. I door-to-door salesman robbed at gunpoint may not be considered an abnormal working condition. These cases are very fact specific. There are a number of cases where a police officer involved in a shooting was not considered abnormal, but there was also a fairly recent case where a police officer that hit a pedestrian who intentionally used the officer to commit suicide and then unsuccessfully attempted mouth-to-mouth was considered abnormal.

You would really need to sit down with an attorney and review your facts to know if your situation may be considered abnormal working conditions.

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