A residential youth worker has been awarded compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after suffering frequent attacks and abuse at work.
Working with aggressive and traumatised young people who often'acted out', our client was physically assaulted on a number of occasions and verbally attacked on a daily basis. Sadly, his workplace did not'debrief' with him after these incidents.
Following one particularly vicious assault, our client suffered a psychiatric breakdown and has been unable to work regularly since.
Genna Angelowitsch, a Senior Associate and Accredited Specialist, lodged an application for a serious injury certificate. After some initial dispute with the Victorian WorkCover Authority regarding the severity of his injury, the case was eventually resolved for significant compensation.
Difficult working conditions are no excuse for lack of support by an employer, Genna said. All employers must ensure they have appropriate networks of support, particularly if their employees are likely to be subjected to potentially damaging conditions.
If you have a psychological injury as a result of work and would like advice about your circumstances and potential entitlements, call Adviceline Injury Lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.