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Do I have a claim if I suffered psychological injuries only?

Georgia law does not allow for a person to file a claim for psychological injuries without an accompanying physical injury. You cannot assert that your stress, clearly caused by your job duties, have caused you to be disabled without first sustaining a physical injury.

Georgia is one of only a handful of stated that takes this position. The Court system in Georgia has been able to erode this barrier but there is still a long way to go.

Firemen, policemen and first responders are those who are most likely to develop psychological injuries and the reasons are quite clear. Yet, Georgia law has no sympathy for the totally legitimate condition due to their work stresses. So, the courts look for evidence of a physical injury and then, if psychological issues develop thereafter, these issues can be treated as part of the job injury. My paralegal, Ja'Net Sirles, completed a research paper on this subject for law school.

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