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Was the mental breakdown caused by the job - in other words did arise out of and occur at work?
If yes, what occurred at work to cause the breakdown?
I see. I thought perhaps a workers compensation claim may be possible. Unfortunately, simply having long shifts wouldn't be the type of extraordinary work event that would allow for a mental injury allowed under workers compensation. Likewise, since she walked off, rather than taking disability or FMLA, the employer doesn't have to keep her on the plan. The employee could probably get COBRA extended benefits but that is at the full cost of the plan, which is probably in the thousands per month. Alternatively there are either the affordable care act exchange plans (which can be free with credits), or state medicaid if she qualifies.
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