When a tragedy occurs on the job or an individual works to help during chaotic situations such as during natural disasters, it is imperative that the family and friends of the worker pay close attention to any behavior changes or mood shifts after the fact.


Traumatic events can have a serious and long-lasting impact on those working closest to the situation. First responders, law enforcement, and volunteers are particularly susceptible to stress and behavioral issues even long after the situation has been over. Workers that have been involved in on the job accidents especially when fatalities occur to co-workers can also find life more difficult to live down the road.


Anger, guilt, and sadness can trigger serious episodes or chronic cases of depression. This can lead to ongoing problems if medical intervention is not sought for those suffering. In many cases, the person who becomes depressed or completely overwhelmed with stress will not always be the first person to notice their behavioral changes.


Friends and family are often the one to realize something is wrong and may be the key to the worker getting the proper help and treatment for their issues. Traumatic situations can trigger different reactions in different people and while some signs of stress are apparent, it won’t be the same for everyone. Those closest to the worker will likely be the first to notice and the most inclined to do something about it. A family physician is good first place to start when seeking help. While some workers may refuse the help, it is important they get some type of assistance before the situation gets out of control.


If you have been hurt on the job as an emergency worker, contact our legal team for more information about protecting your rights to workers compensation. You can reach us toll free at 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form.