GREENVILLE, South Carolina. Shootings can devastate the lives of more than just the victims. First responders and police on the scene of the accident may suffer injuries as well. They may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to facing other challenges. In the wake of recent shootings, like San Bernardino, many off-duty first-responders and police stepped into action, providing support to those hurt on the ground. However, some of these heroes may be facing unique challenges when it comes to getting their worker’s compensation claims paid.
According to the New York Times, some of the most seriously injured victims in San Bernardino are facing denials from their health insurance coverage. One woman’s regular insurance won’t pay for her care, claiming that her injuries were a workplace attack. However, some victims have been struggling to get California’s worker’s compensation to cover their injuries.
The main problem with California’s worker’s compensation is that coverage typically tends to involve risks like slip and fall accidents, toxic chemical exposure, and other risks associated with the workplace. In the case of injuries victims faced in San Bernardino, many are suffering from wounds most people only experience after surviving a war. Many have shrapnel in their bodies. Worker’s compensation insurance may not have listings for the specific injuries that victims are suffering from. The insurance companies may be denying these workers coverage based on this technicality.
Critics of the denials say that they stem from recent cutbacks on state worker’s compensation programs.
For police officers who helped in the stand-off during the Orlando Pulse nightclub, some individuals are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Worker’s compensation may not always cover post-traumatic stress disorder. However, police officers, fire department workers, and other personnel may be particularly at risk after performing their duties. For Florida police officers, Florida’s worker’s compensation does not cover lost wages from post-traumatic stress disorder. For the heroes who held off bullets during the pulse attack, this means denied income that affects them and their families.
It’s a tragedy that special private funds must be set aside for the public workers who often stand on the front lines following shootings. These victims, rather than getting the medical treatment they need or taking time to heal, end up spending time navigating the labyrinthine claims process. Others might return to work long before they are ready to do so.
When police suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, sometimes they are able to get compensation for other conditions. For example, for one officer, his hypertension was covered, while his flashbacks were not.
Lawyers are fighting to change the law so that PTSD will be covered.
Have you suffered from PTSD after a workplace injury? Were your medical expenses covered? If you have had your claims denied, consider reaching out to the qualified worker’s compensation attorneys in Greenville, South Carolina at Hayes Law Firm Upstate Attorneys LLC. We believe that heroes shouldn’t suffer in silence. Visit us at https://www.greenvillehayeslawoffices.com to learn more.
 

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