Police and emergency medical personnel would have presumptive workers’ compensation benefits if they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to a workplace incident under proposed legislation filed by New Mexico lawmakers on Tuesday.
New Mexico House Bill 427 would create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder is proximately caused by employment for police and emergency responders if a doctor or psychologist determines the diagnosis is work-related.
PTSD must result in physical disability, primary or secondary mental disability, or death for workers to receive good benefits.
Under the bill, if a court later determines that the presumption does not apply or that the condition is unrelated to employment, an employer̵7;s workers’ comp insurer must be reimbursed for medical expenses borne by the health or health insurance plan or benefit.
If signed into law, the measure will take effect on July 1.