In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators last month, many questions are being raised about the healthcare and benefits that should be provided to those that were on the scene first and offered their services.
In an article from 10 TV News, Connecticut Senator Cathy Osten likened the work first responders did that day to that of what soldiers contend with. Many of the police officers and paramedics have made claims what they saw that day has left them suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation law only recognizes physical injuries as grounds for compensation.
In response, the Newtown Board of Police Commissioners has asked the law be ratified to include coverage and benefits for those who have suffered mental and emotional injuries while working as well.
The change is expected to significantly increase the costs of workers’ compensation insurance for employers in the state, though. The rate bump would come in the wake of a 7.1 percent increase that occurred at the beginning of this month.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm recognize the importance of getting workers the care they need, regardless of the type of injury they received, and the firm may be able to help if you have been injured in a work-related accident.