Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common amongst first responders and can have serious impacts on their lives. West Virginia lawmakers introduced two bills this week that aim to have PTSD included as an occupational hazard and would cover those impacted under workers’ compensation. 84 percent of first responders have experienced traumatic events on the job, so it is no surprise that PTSD is so widespread in this industry. The goal of the new legislation is to ensure that those who suffer from PTSD as a result of working as a first responder are able to receive some additional support.
These bills were introduced by the Senate and the House of Delegates. The Senate’s draft of the legislation was introduced to the Committee on Banking and the Committee on Finance. The other bill, drafted by the House of Delegates, was introduced to the House Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services.
If either of these bills are accepted and you are suffering from the impacts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a first responder, it is important to take advantage of these benefits. Please note that workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD would only extend to first responders if the bill is passed. Some other states that offer workers’ compensation benefits to first responders include Florida, Colorado, Texas, and Vermont.
If you have become the victim of an on the job injury, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney and the doctor that is treating you to determine how to make the process as easy as possible. AllianceMeds understands that a workplace accident can be challenging and is here to help. We will deliver your medication to your door using overnight delivery and cover any out of pocket expenses that may arise. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact AllianceMeds today.