First responders are on the front lines, dealing with traumatic events as they happen. Whether you are a firefighter, a paramedic or other type of first responder, you may encounter situations that are hard to handle and that put you under serious stress and strain.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop after you face a traumatic event. You can develop PTSD at any age and at any level of physical health. You do not to need to have suffered a physical injury in order to develop PTSD. However, under the current Connecticut workers' comp laws, you will not have PTSD treatment covered unless it is also combined with a physical injury.
New legislation may provide coverage for PTSD
Currently, there is a bill before the Connecticut legislature that would provide workers' compensation coverage to first responders who suffer from PTSD. This could help those individuals who suffer from PTSD get the treatment they need. If the new law passes, workers' compensation would pay for treatment for PTSD for first responders who are diagnosed.
This bill is not final, and there are a number of arguments in favor and against the passage of this bill. Some believe that the bill does not go far enough. Some municipalities, on the other hand, believe that the bill will put an undue cost on local town budgets.
What can you do?
Reach out to your state legislator to let them know how you feel about the issue. Additionally, if you suffered a serious injury at work and have PTSD, you may have a workers' compensation case. Speak with an attorney about your situation and your legal options.