Auto accidents, work injuries and other accident injuries can have a lasting impact on injury victims. Mental injuries that may result from an accident include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic attacks
- Aggravation of pre-existing mental health impairments
If you or a loved one has suffered a psychological injury resulting from an accident, contact the law firm of Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina. Attorney Ryan Montgomery represents clients throughout Upstate South Carolina in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. He has experience representing clients who have sustained mental injuries resulting from auto accidents, work accidents, workplace harassment and other causes.
Who Can Obtain Mental Injury Benefits In South Carolina?
Brandon Bentley, only 34 years old, is a former Spartanburg County, S.C., deputy sheriff who is unable to work because he suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Bentley’s depression and PTSD were undisputedly caused by his 2009 killing in self-defense of a man trying to assault the officer with an umbrella and threatening to kill Bentley with his own police gun.
Bentley’s illness has taken a severe toll on him. According to The State, he dropped 70 pounds, got rid of his own firearms, feels unsafe at home and worries that the man he killed could somehow still come after him. His marriage is also on the rocks since the incident.
Despite the clear connection between Bentley’s PTSD and his employment duties, he was denied workers’ compensation because of South Carolina state law stating that for a purely mental work injury to be compensable, it must have arisen from an “extraordinary and unusual” working condition.