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Florida comp division to add correctional officers to PTSD law



The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation released a notice Wednesday of a proposed change to its post-traumatic stress disorder rules for first responders who witness “serious bodily injury of a character that shocks the conscience” to include correctional officers.

Existing law currently identifies eight separate injuries that qualify as “serious bodily harm of a nature that shocks the conscience of first responders to receive workers’ compensation for PTSD under certain circumstances.” Such injuries include decapitation and exposure to various internal organs.

The proposed change bypasses the Legislature “based on the statement of estimated regulatory costs,”

; the notice said, including that the division “has determined that this will not have an adverse impact on small businesses or likely increase directly or indirectly regulatory costs that exceed $200,000 in the aggregate within one year after the implementation of the rule.”

If requested within 21 days of the date of the notice, a hearing may be scheduled and announced in the Florida Administrative Register, the notice states.


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