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Does workers' compensation for health care workers cover stress?

It is a well-known fact that workers in California hospitals and other health care facilities typically have to deal with excessive workloads. However, it is not always recognized that such workloads cause not only physical injuries but also emotional stress. Safety authorities say work-related stress affects a higher percentage of health care workers than most other occupations. An often-asked question is whether workers' compensation for health care workers cover stress-related conditions.

Along with the physical demands of their work, health care workers have to deal with long shifts that often keep them away from their loved ones overnight. In addition to their personal concerns, many cases with which they work involve death, sadness and grief. Furthermore, interactions with victims of traumatic injuries and their loved ones exacerbate the emotional demands of the job.

Balancing personal life and relationships with the work-related demands of set schedules of duties and obligations makes it challenging for health care workers to pace themselves. Other ever-present hazards these workers face are threats of violence in the workplace and exposure to blood-borne pathogens and allergens. The risk of suffering life-changing musculoskeletal injuries also adds to their stress levels.

Many of these workers are unsure whether workers' compensation for health care workers cover stress-related injuries and conditions. Medical treatment and therapy sessions are not only costly but also time-consuming, and these hours away from work could lead to lost wages. Along with answers to these questions, an experienced California workers' compensation attorney can assist with the navigation of benefits claims in pursuit of maximum benefits.

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