Reuters (2/13, Doyle) reports that according to a study published online Feb. 12 in JAMA Psychiatry, filing for monetary compensation following an injury from an accident appears to be tied to poorer physical and mental health a few years later. The research was based on the experiences of some 1,000 Australians who underwent hospitalization for injuries from 2004 to 2006. In 2010, 332 participants who ended up having to file for workers’ comp told the investigatory team of the stress they had experienced during the process. Those who had the highest level of stress in general appeared to be more disabled and suffered from increased levels of depression and anxiety as well as from a poorer quality of life.
— “Stress of filing injury claims linked to poorer health later, ” Kathryn Doyle, Reuters, February 12, 2014.