Columbus-The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 252, jointly sponsored by Senators Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) and Edna Brown (D-Toledo), which would make peace officers and firefighters diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from an on-the-job incident eligible for workers' compensation. 

"Our public safety personnel not only put themselves in harm's way each day on our behalf, they also expose themselves to an incredible number of tragic and very hostile situations that can be extremely harmful," said Patton. "We owe it to these men and women to make sure they can receive the care they need so they can continue providing for their families and fulfilling their calling to serve others."
 
This bipartisan initiative comes in response to an Ohio Supreme Court decision stating that Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law does not allow an individual to receive workers’ compensation unless they suffered a compensable physical injury. Many firefighters and other peace officers suffer from PTSD as a result of the scenes they’ve witnessed while on the job, however, very often no physical injuries are associated with the onset of the disorder.

“The issue of post-traumatic stress disorder has rightfully received increasing amounts of attention in the realm of military service,” said Senator Brown. “I believe it is time we turn our attention to our peace officers and firefighters, who often experience life altering traumatic events right here in our own communities. I am happy that the Ohio Senate has taken this step to allow these brave men and women suffering from PTSD to receive the treatment they need.”

The legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

 

 
 
 
  
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