La. passes bill giving first responders workers’ comp PTSD benefits

Louisiana first responders diagnosed with PTSD can now apply for workers’ comp benefits


By News Staff

SHREVEPORT, La. — Starting in August, Louisiana first responders will be able to apply for workers’ compensation if they have been diagnosed with PTSD.

The Louisiana Act No. 112 passed unanimously through the state’s House and Senate, KLAB reports.

In order to qualify for workers’ comp, first responders must be diagnosed with PTSD by a psychiatrist before they can apply for benefits.

“It helps from the standpoint if they require inpatient treatment," Licensed Professional Counselor Craig Kennedy said of the bill. “This treatment can be expensive and cause a loss of income.”

 

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