Psychological injury claims

If you have a psychological injury or psychiatric disorder that was directly caused by your employment, you may be able to claim workers insurance payments.

To apply you’ll need a diagnosis from your doctor, who must detail the condition in a Certificate of Capacity using the correct medical terms.

This means general words such as ‘stress’ will not meet the requirements.

You won’t receive compensation if your psychological injury was caused in the normal course of your employer taking reasonable action. This includes things such as a demotion, performance appraisal, retrenchment or dismissal.

See the Workers Compensation Act (1987) and the Workplace Injury Management Act (1998) for further information.