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Does chronic fatigue syndrome qualify for workers’ compensation?

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2023 | workers' compensation

Having a good work ethic is an important part of performing well at your job. However, when pressure builds to work harder and harder, you can become overworked and suffer mentally and physically. In California and around the country, chronic fatigue syndrome is becoming more and more prevalent among employees, and overwork could be to blame.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a difficult disease that causes extreme fatigue, loss of sleep, cognitive issues and many other problems. It can be tough to diagnose, and is thought to be caused by extreme stress, possible infection, and genetics.

The correlation between overworking and chronic fatigue syndrome

Working tons of hours each week under stressful circumstances can take a toll on your body. After a while, you might begin to notice physical changes such as trouble sleeping, increased anxiety and being overly tired. While these symptoms may seem benign, they could be signs of something more serious happening to your body. Unfortunately, you could become gravely ill before you know it.

Chronic fatigue syndrome could be a result of working under extreme conditions. Often, those diagnosed with this debilitating disease find it difficult to manage their lives and continue to go to work. On average, people with chronic fatigue syndrome miss more than 60 days of work a year. For many, filing a workers’ compensation claim may be the only option if they are no longer able to meet the demands of their job.

Workers’ compensation for chronic fatigue syndrome

If you are able to prove that your chronic fatigue syndrome was a result of overworking, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits. The key to being able to prove the correlation is to document every extreme circumstance at work and consult your physician about your physical issues.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim for chronic fatigue syndrome will not be easy, and it would be helpful to have guidance to deal with your employer and the insurance company. A properly filed claim could make all the difference in helping you find physical healing and mental peace of mind.


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