Court extends broad view of psychological workplace injuries

For more than 20 years, West Virginia law has recognized the general workers' compensation tenet that an employee must sustain a physical injury in order to claim benefits related to an occupational injury. Purely psychological conditions such as emotional distress or fear aren't deemed compensable without a physical injury that can be identified as the cause. The ban on so-called mental-mental claims (i.e., a mental injury with a purely mental cause) has largely been absolute throughout the workers' comp sphere. Read More...