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Does firefighter paramedic get workers’ comp for PTSD?

Did work or some other type of trauma cause a firefighter paramedic to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? The answer to that question is the key to whether he receives workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp insurance lapsed, employee injured: Can he sue company?

An employer accidentally let its workers’ comp insurance policy lapse, and it was temporarily canceled. During that time, an employee was seriously injured. Can the employee sue the company?  [Read more…]

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Can nurse get workers’ comp benefits for PTSD?

A nurse says workplace training dredged up memories of abuse he suffered as a child, and that his resulting post traumatic stress disorder left him unable to work. Can he get workers’ comp benefits for PTSD?

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Should workers’ comp pay for counseling for injured worker’s wife?

Just how far do workers’ comp benefits extend? What if something prescribed by a doctor would help the injured worker indirectly? [Read more…]

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No workers’ comp because having gun held to your head is part of job?

State laws and court rulings have opened the door for workers’ comp benefits for psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite that, this employer tried to deny benefits to an employee because being a victim of an armed robbery was part of the job.

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Did boss’s ‘threats’ cause PTSD? Will employee get workers’ comp?

A manager told an employee he’d “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down.” The boss thought the employee was gossiping to his wife about an alleged improper relationship. How did all this turn into a workers’ comp case?

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Invisible risks that are impacting safety

New research shows many employees with invisible disabilities don’t disclose them to their employers, and this impacts the safety of the worker, co-workers and even the public.  [Read more…]

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State to add post traumatic stress disorder to workers’ comp coverage

If an employee witnesses a horrific event at work, such as multiple people being shot to death, should workers’ compensation insurance cover treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? [Read more…]

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Can she get workers’ comp for PTSD from hostage incident?

The Newtown, CT, school shootings have raised the question: Can employees get workers’ comp coverage for post traumatic stress disorder suffered because of a violent event? Recently, an Ohio court dealt with a similar case. [Read more…]

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First responders to Newtown massacre may not qualify for workers’ comp

Imagine for a moment being one of the half dozen local police officers who were the first responders to the shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now consider that those officers, under current law, may not qualify for workers’ comp for counseling. [Read more…]

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