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One state fights to add PTSD to workers' compensation

After trying for three years, one state is close to adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to its list of approved workers' comp disorders. While this hasn't yet happened in California, this could be the beginning of changes in the workers' compensation insurance for many states. The bill does not allow claims for PTSD in all circumstances, but it will allow claims to be made for the condition for the first time in history.

The bill has won preliminary approval in the state's house, and almost all sides of this issue are in agreement. The sponsors of the bill feel that it will be a big step in helping workers who are disabled by PTSD. Of course, in order to be able to claim the disability on their workers' compensation, a person would need to meet a few conditions. For example, a psychiatrist would need to state that the worker has PTSD from witnessing a traumatic event.

The bill's initial purpose is to get the coverage for police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders. At the time, however, it applies to everyone. This has caused some opposition from those who feel that it could be abused. One of those who opposes the bill said that it should not apply to every worker in the state, but should be worded in such a way that it only applies to first responders.

While PTSD is not a condition that is accepted in a California workers' compensation claim at this time, there are many other valid reasons to file for workers' comp in the state. Anyone who feels that he or she has a workers' comp claim can benefit from the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Especially in cases where a valid claim has been denied, a personal injury attorney can use their knowledge to help the client fight the denial.

Source: gjsentinel.com, "Workers' compensation might include PTSD", Charles Ashby, March 25, 2017

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