If my employer is dumping more and more work on me causing me anxiety can I file a workers compensation claim? If so what do I need to do?

I work at a hospital and when someone leaves they don’t replace them. Our staffing is very low and no one wants to help anyone. I am currently seeing a therapist for anxiety and now I’m on medicine due to the stress from my job. What are my options other then seeking another job?

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Your only option is to seek another job: worker's compensation is not available for the work stress or anxiety of having to work harder or longer or with less support. The law simply does not recognize having to do more work, or cover when an employer is understaffed or under-resourced, as a wrongful act by the employer, or work stress like you describe as an injury for which you are entitled to compensation.


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