Barkan Meizlish , May 13, 2015
A few months back we told you about newly proposed legislation which would potentially allow emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if they don’t have physical injuries. This bill would apply to police, peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians with PTSD arising from work. Currently, compensation for a psychiatric condition cannot be granted unless the worker has a related injury. However, recently the Senate Finance Committee held off on acting, as it wished to resolve “outstanding issues” with the bill.
This bill will impact the lives of emergency responders around the state. As such, many are hoping for a quick resolution to these “outstanding issues.” We encourage all emergency responders (friends and family included) to pay attention in the coming months, as this will have a substantial impact on PTSD claims going forward.
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