Friday, March 14, 2014

Connecticut Considers PTSD Inclusion in Workers Comp

Connecticut is considering two bills that would extend Workers Compensation benefits to workers suffering PTSD type complications. One bill would extend coverage only to state or municipal workers, the other would extend it to all workers.

CT used to include such emotional disabilities under its Workers Compensation Act, but a 1993 revision eliminated such coverage.

In an age when violent tragedies seem to be more common than ever, and when PTSD type injuries are being understood and recognized far more than in the past, this may be the humane and appropriate course correction to take. It will, of course, exert an upward pressure on Workers Compensation insurance rates and premiums, and that is never an easy sell to the business and insurance communities.

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