Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Florida First Responders May Get Justice For PTSD

PTSD legislation could give first responders lost wages
Senate Bill 516 mandates 'clear and concise' medical evidence
Click Orlando
By Mike Holfeld - Investigative Reporter
January 30, 2017
“We do see a lot of bad stuff and it affects different people differently," he said. "(PTSD) is disabling ... . I represent first responders in a lot of cases and it’s just a shame that those who are suffering from PTSD can’t go back to the job – can’t get wage loss benefits.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The fight to provide lost wages to first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder received a potential lifeline Friday, in the form of Senate Bill 516.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Keith Perry of Gainesville, allows for lost wages “whether or not the mental or nervous injury is accompanied by physical injury requiring medical treatment.”

Mike Clelland, a retired battalion chief with the Longwood Fire Department, now with the Morgan and Morgan Law firm, said he “likes the proposal with reservation.”
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