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Should first responders have coverage for PTSD?

Following this tragedy, the officer began suffering from symptoms similar to those of war veterans and others who have suffered trauma: nightmares, flashbacks, depression and anxiety. The officer had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was unable to return to work. However, under Florida workers' compensation law, first responders cannot receive benefits for a mental condition if it is not also accompanied by a physical condition. As a result, the officer has been out of work without any support.

Georgia workers' comp covers firefighters for cancer treatment

There has been a national push in recent years to increase workers' compensation for firefighters. Due to the inherently risky nature of the work, supporters of the campaign held that firefighters should be entitled to additional coverage for special types of work-related injuries. In particular, they wanted firefighter workers' compensation to cover cancer treatment.

Underreported distracted driving stats

Are you aware that we are more than halfway through National Distracted Driving Awareness Month? If not, you're not alone. Smart phones are extensions of our lives, tools that are part of daily life to the point we sometimes don't notice them. They're also killers on the road, hence the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" ad campaign.

Concerns about doctor bias in workers' compensation evaluations

Vanessa Sylva is a 54-year-old, former chef in Hawaii. She spent much of her career working for a large-scale catering company--sometimes working as many as 80 hours a week. Her work caused her to suffer tears in each shoulder and numbness down her arms, making it nearly impossible for her to use her hands. After filing a workers' compensation claim, she was examined by Dr. Leonard Cupo--a doctor selected and paid for by the workers' comp insurance company. She was denied treatment for nearly a decade, leaving her in chronic pain and restricting her to her home, unable to engage in even simple activities such as playing cards.

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