Work-related injuries aren’t just physical in nature. They can also involve psychiatric injuries like PTSD. At Pulgini & Norton, we have provided diligent and compassionate legal assistance to injured workers suffering a variety of work-related harms. We know how intimidating the claims process can be and how frustrating it feels to wonder whether you will be able to return to work in the same capacity. We are standing by and ready to assist you with asserting your right to benefits and medical expenses reimbursements.
In a recent Massachusetts workers’ compensation claim, an injured worker appealed a finding from the court that his physical injuries had resolved and that he did not suffer psychiatric injuries that limited his ability to work. The order also concluded that his claim for treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was unreasonable and not related to his injury. The man worked as a court officer from 1997 until 2012, which involved providing security services in the courtroom and escorting prisoners. He was involved in an altercation with a prisoner in 2012 that resulted in him being taken to the hospital. He reported experiencing headaches and vertigo months later.
Initially, the employer accepted liability for the man’s injuries, but the insurer contested the claim for psychiatric injuries. The presiding judge adopted the opinion of one of the testifying doctors that the man did not have any psychiatric injuries or neurological impairment, and also denied the man’s claim for reimbursement for treatments related to his claimed psychiatric injury. The employee appealed.