Occupational illnesses emerge as a result of a workplace exposure to chemicals, airborne agents, toxins, or workplace noise, among other things. For a condition to be called job-related, it must arise at work. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a disease is deemed a preexisting condition if it was caused by a nonwork-related exposure or an exposure that happened outside of the workplace. It would not be regarded as a work-related disease.
Mental health workers’ compensation claims are typically complicated, and states differ in their willingness to cover them. While many mental health claims can be made, they might be difficult to verify. Claims for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health problems are among them (e.g., anxiety, stress or depression).
Because they include pre existing conditions, aggravations and accelerations are difficult injuries to treat. When establishing the compensability of these claims, it’s critical to collaborate with the claims adjuster.