The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
Many people wonder if they can make a disability claim for “workplace stress”, “work-related stress”, “mental distress” or “workplace conflict”. High levels of stress in the work environment can lead to conditions such as anxiety or depression, or exacerbate these conditions.
If you are an employee insured who has access to group benefits, you should be aware that you can make a disability claim for workplace stress or mental distress at work, as long as you have supportive medical documentation from your treating doctors. Workplace stress/mental distress can exacerbate underlying mental illnesses such as depressive or anxiety disorders, or cause a person to experience depression and/or anxiety, and as a result, the person is unable to continue working.
October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, an initiative to build awareness about the importance of workplace health. Why is this significant?
Statistics provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) say the following:
According to CMHA, more than 500,000 Canadians will be absent from work in any week as a result of mental illness. It is expected that by the year 2020, depression will be the world’s second leading cause of disability (heart disease is the first leading cause of disability). Having a Healthy Workplace Month nationwide is a reminder that there is a need to address mental health in the workplace. Stress, anxiety and mood disorders such as depression are listed as the most commonly seen mental health problems that impact the workplace.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada found that 1 in 3 workplace disability claims are related to mental illness and more than 80% of Canadian employers rate mental health issues as 1 of the top 3 causes of both short-term disability and long-term disability claims.
At Aaron Waxman & Associates, we understand that you may be unable to work as a result of anxiety, depression or mental illness. We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation. There are no upfront legal fees. We only get paid, when you get paid.
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