Do You Know the Rule? Wash. Stress, Single Traumatic Events

09 Jan, 2024 Frank Ferreri


Tacoma, WA ( -- Stressed out in Seattle? It may be compensable if it results from a single traumatic event. That's because in the State of Washington, stress resulting from exposure to a single traumatic event will be adjudicated as an industrial injury.

Examples of single traumatic events include:

+ Actual or threatened death.
+ Actual or threatened physical assault.
+ Actual or threatened sexual assault.
+ Life-threatening traumatic injury.

These exposures must occur in one of the following ways:

+ Directly experiencing the traumatic event.
+ Witnessing, in person, the event as it occurred to others.
+ Extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event.

Repeated exposure to traumatic events, none of which is a single traumatic event, is not an industrial injury or an occupational disease. A single traumatic event that occurs within a series of exposures will be adjudicated as an industrial injury.

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Frank encourages everyone to consider helping out the Kind Souls Foundation and Kids' Chance of America.

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