Legislators in Connecticut and South Carolina have proposed legislation that would make it easier for first responders to get workers' compensation coverage for mental health injuries or occupational diseases.
In Connecticut, S.B. 141, introduced on Tuesday, would assume that professionals and volunteer firefighters diagnosed with cancer suffered the damage to the customs tank through their exposure to toxic substances and toxic gases. To be eligible, the firefighter must have served for at least five years, been repeatedly exposed to indoor fires, be a non-smoker and have no history of cancer before becoming a firefighter.
S.B. 142 would extend compensation to workers of correctional workers, emergency medical service providers and dispatchers diagnosed with mental or emotional disabilities related to their jobs. 94, which was also introduced on Tuesday, would modify state legislation on workers' compensation so that first responders diagnosed with a mental injury or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their direct involvement in a significant traumatic experience can receive work compensation.
If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force immediately. Catalog