Ohio Senate panel to weigh police PTSD compensation bill

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Ohio Statehouse, Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether they have suffered any physical injuries under legislation before an Ohio Senate panel.

The bill would apply to police, peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians with PTSD arising from work. Current law does not allow for compensation for a psychiatric condition unless the worker with PTSD has a related physical injury or was forced into sexual conduct.

The Senate Finance Committee held off acting on the bill this spring, after the chairman said he wanted to hold meetings to resolve outstanding issues with the measure.

The committee could vote on the bill Tuesday.

Similar efforts elsewhere have drawn criticism from police chiefs and local leaders worried about the costs and potential frivolous claims.

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