Ohio Senate Panel Considers Bill to Allow for PTSD Claims for First Responders
An Ohio Senate Committee is currently considering legislation that would provide workers’ compensation benefits to peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers who are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from their employment regardless of whether they have suffered any physical injuries. Current Ohio law does not provide compensation for a psychiatric condition unless the worker has a related physical injury or was forced into sexual conduct. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation estimated if 18% of first responders filed for PTSD-only claims, the change could cost employers $182 million annually and may double premiums for public employers. Other states, including North Dakota, Connecticut and South Carolina, have considered similar legislation.
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