Columbia Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you have suffered workplace-related depression, anxiety, or stress, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today. When you think of workplace injury, chances are you think of accidents involving large machines, or jobs that involve heavy lifting. But workplace injury is not limited to physical harm. The State of South Carolina recognizes that, in some cases, depression, anxiety, and stress are caused or exacerbated by the work environment. Without a doubt, these mental illnesses threaten job performance and company productivity; however, they can have much more serious and long-lasting impacts on employees.

Though South Carolina recognizes that depression, anxiety, and undue stress can result from the workplace environment, claims for compensation are sometimes challenging to file successfully. So, it is imperative to hire an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation so you can get the compensation you deserve. The Columbia work-related mental illness lawyers from Goings Law Firm, LLC are prepared to get you the maximum compensation possible. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today at (803) 350-9230.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

Workers compensation claims for anxiety, depression, or stress are notoriously challenging for several reasons. Psychiatric distress does not generally leave a physical mark, making proof of this “mental injury” very difficult to find. Without proof, employers are not likely to approve the compensation claim. Exacerbation of these conditions is even harder to prove because they were pre-existing, and employers will be less likely to make payouts. Furthermore, the laws surrounding workers’ compensation cases of mental illness-related injury are intricate. There are several types of work-related mental injuries under which your claim can be filed. For each of these types, a lot of paperwork is required to make a strong argument for your compensation. Documentation of the work environment, the condition suffered, and any treatments undergone will be necessary to file a successful claim.

The best way to get the maximum compensation possible is to hire an attorney to manage your case. Experienced attorneys are well-versed in the laws surrounding workers’ compensation for mental illness, and will guide the process of collecting evidence, filing a claim, and ensuring you get the money you deserve. Furthermore, having an attorney to work for you means you won’t be working alone. An attorney will work on your compensation while you focus on your mental health. They will handle complicated questions about liability, payouts, and compensability.

Why Goings Law Firm, LLC?

At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we believe that workers deserve a safe work environment that is conducive to mental health. That is why we will fight to get you the money you deserve for the mental injury you have suffered. Each attorney on our team understands the difficulty you are facing at this moment. And while we are aggressive in our fight to get you the money you deserve, we guide our clients through the often complex legal process with compassion. Each of our attorneys is detail-oriented and works with extreme focus and diligence. Our goal is to demystify the legality of workers’ compensation and guide you step by step through the process in order to win the maximum amount of compensation possible. We are happy to answer any and all of our clients’ questions about their cases. Our team is award-winning, and we have a reputation for consistently getting clients ample compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential. With our help, you can return to financial stability, and a better state of mental health.

Cases We Handle

Mental injuries that may arise from the work environment include, but are not limited to the following: anxiety, depression, stress from abuse or harassment, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). However, a key condition of mental injury related to the workplace is that the condition must arise out of extraordinary circumstances. These extraordinary circumstances must be outside of, or not included in the “job description.” For example, if a police officer shoots a suspect in the line of duty, then experiences PTSD, their claim may not be accepted because –even though using deadly force is not part of a “typical” job – discharging a gun is “included” in their job description. The following are other situations not likely to be accepted as the cause of mental distress:

  • Transfers
  • Promotions
  • Demotions
  • Firing
  • Reviews of performance
  • Reviews of salary

The nuances of workers compensation laws mean it is absolutely necessary to hire an attorney. Without an experienced lawyer, it will be all too easy for your claim to be rejected and for you to not get the money you deserve.

There are three types of mental injury under which your claim might fall:

  • Physical-Mental Injuries: When you get physically injured on the job, and this injury leads to a mental illness, you can file for workers’ compensation. The key part of this type of mental injury is its clear connection to an “unusual” event in the workplace. For example, if, in lifting something heavy, you sustain a serious back injury which leads to clinical depression, you can receive compensation.
  • Mental-Physical Injures: This type of mental injury is the reverse of the above case. In this case, a mental
    illness, caused by the workplace environment, leads to a physical injury. For example, conditions like depression can lead to other life-threatening conditions, like obesity.
  • Mental-Mental Injuries: The final type of mental injury is what’s called “mental-mental” injuries. These injuries are not related to any physical injury. When an event occurs at work and causes a worker to develop a mental illness, the victim can file for financial compensation.

As you can see, workers’ compensation laws are nuanced, particularly as they relate to mental illness. The only way to tackle your compensation claim is with the help of an experienced attorney. Take action today and contact Goings Law Firm, LLC.

Contact Us

Mental illness can be as disruptive to your life as a physical injury, so when you become mentally ill as a result of work-related activities or events, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation. The workers’ compensation team from Goings Law Firm, LLC is ready to help you get all the money you need and deserve when you call us today at (803) 350-9230.

What Clients are saying

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

- Tiffany AL

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

- Jason D

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

- Anonymous

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

- Anonymous

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

- Car Accident Client

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

- Slip and Fall Client

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

- Personal Injury Client

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

- Car Accident Client

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

- Personal Injury Client

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

- Workers’ Comp Client

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

- Dog Bite Client

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

- Personal Injury Client