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Should first responders have coverage for PTSD?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2018 | Georgia Workers' Compensation

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.

In the two years since this tragedy, multiple states across the country have pushed to expand workers’ compensation coverage to include PTSD for first responders. In Georgia, like Florida, a mental injury is not covered under workers’ compensation unless it is also accompanied by a physical injury. Georgia has not yet made any move to change its legislation on the matter although neighboring states have taken action. South Carolina passed legislation last year granting PTSD benefits to first responders. Florida has drafted similar legislation, which just made its way to the governor’s desk.

The question of whether first responders should be entitled to PTSD benefits is gaining traction across the United States. What do you think? Share your opinion with us.

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.

In the two years since this tragedy, multiple states across the country have pushed to expand workers’ compensation coverage to include PTSD for first responders. Although Georgia has not yet made any move to change its legislation on the matter, neighboring states have taken action. South Carolina passed legislation last year granting PTSD benefits to first responders. Florida has drafted similar legislation, which just made its way to the governor’s desk.

The question of whether first responders should be entitled to PTSD benefits is gaining traction across the United States. What do you think? Share your opinion with us.

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