West Proposes Bill To Aid First Responders With PTSD
Legislation would alter Workers' Compensation Law to cover posttraumatic stress disorder
March 16, 2017
 
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State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced legislation to extend workers’ compensation protections to first responders who have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service. First responders who are diagnosed with PTSD as a result of their work are not currently eligible to receive compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law. 


“While they are in saving lives in our communities, peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers regularly experience stressful, life-changing situations that most of us can barely imagine,” said West. “I believe Ohio should be a state that offers protection to those who keep us safe and secure every day.” 


Similar legislation was introduced in the Ohio Senate during the 131st General Assembly, passing through committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in Ohio, has identified this proposal as one of their top legislative priorities for the Ohio Legislature for this year. 


West is currently gathering support for the legislation, which will be officially introduced in the coming weeks.

 
 
 
  
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