Sunday, December 3, 2017

Florida First Responders Fighting PTSD Comp

Florida bills could allow first responders to get workers' comp for PTSD

WPTV 5 News
Amy Lipman
December 2, 2017

"I started to withdraw from family, friends," Wallwork said. "Further and further from any social interaction. Hyper vigilance. I was always worried about bad things happening."Wallwork has worked in fire rescue for 28 years. He was diagnosed with PTSD two years ago.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - First responders run toward danger, risk their lives and witness tragedy first-hand, but if all of that results in mental distress, they can't get workers' compensation for it under current Florida law.
“We see things that you can only imagine in a movie and then we’re expected to get right back on the truck, go to the next call without time to process it," said Pete Wallwork, who suffers from PTSD as a result of his career as a firefighter.

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