First Responders May Be Covered for PTSD

Barkan Meizlish , May 13, 2015

Under recently proposed legislation, emergency responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if they don’t have physical injuries. This legislation would apply to police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other first responders who are diagnosed with PTSD arising from their employment. Currently, these employees cannot recover compensation for psychiatric conditions sans a few exceptions.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has estimated that this change could cost employers $182 million annually. This is certainly a development that employees in these fields want to keep an eye on, as it will have a large impact on their future. For more information please visit the following sites.

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