As is well known to the workers’ compensation practitioner, work-related psychological injuries are challenging, to say the least, as the case law of the last decade has not been favorable to the injured worker. The burden of proof in a claim petition proceeding dealing with a disability caused by psychological or mental factors is divided into three categories: physical/mental, which is a psychiatric disability caused by a work-related physical trauma; mental/mental, which focuses on a psychological impairment stemming from nonphysical stimuli at work; and mental/physical, which pertains to an actual, physical injury that is brought about by psychological stress.
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