Perceived Injustice & PTSD
The term “perceived injustice” was coined by a researcher who demonstrated that when a person feels they have been treated poorly, it can prolong the symptoms of PTSD, and make it harder it to return to work. The impact of perceived injustice is independent of the severity of the original injury.
One of the greatest causes of perceived injustice is “sanctuary trauma”. As an employee, you expect your employer, your co-workers, and workplace policies to be supportive of your injury, not to mention insurance companies, such as WSIB. When this care is not available, or your claim is questioned, these failures of support can add more psychological pain to your existing symptoms.