The first responders in Alabama can file a claim for damages without physical harm under a bill proposed by state lawmakers on Tuesday.
H.B. 212 would eliminate language in the State Workers' Compensation Act that states "an occupational disease is not considered to include a mental illness or disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder, unless a physical injury accompanies the mental illness or disorder."
 According to a draft, the bill would provide that a law enforcement officer or firefighter employed by a municipality, county or fire district and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder would receive compensation for “certain compensation for treatment or would require a county or municipality to maintain adequate coverage. for repayment of co-payments.
It would also require counties, municipalities and fire districts to provide disability benefits or cover for law enforcement officers and firefighters who are unable to return to work as a result of PTSD.
The bill was referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Means and Means of the General Fund.