Mental injuries by accident are covered under the North Carolina Workers Compensation Act. Mental impairments are compensable as long as the resulting disability meets the statutory requirements, namely injury by accident or occupational disease requirements.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental injury that results when a person's normal "fight-or-flight" response to a traumatizing event carries over into non-threatening or non-dangerous situations. A person with PTSD may feel fearful or stressed long after a frightening incident occurs. PTSD can affect your activities of daily living, your sleep, and even your work.