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South Carolina lawmakers consider PTSD comp bills



South Carolina lawmakers have filed three bills in the past week that would make post-traumatic stress disorder a compensable illness for first responders.

SB 81 and SB 82, now with the Senate Judiciary Committee, would amend the state workers’ compensation code to include an injury “arising from the first responder’s involvement in a significant traumatic experience or situation during the course and scope of his employment, without regard to whether the experience or situation was extraordinary or unusual in comparison to the normal working conditions of a first responder’s employment.”

While the two bills are mostly identical, SB 81 lists 14 circumstances that would qualify, such as witnessing the death of a child or transporting a seriously injured minor to a hospital.

SB 251

similarly lists incidents that a first responder would have to experience to qualify for PTSD benefits and treatment; Instead of adding a definition to the state’s description of a work injury, it said first responders with medically diagnosed PTSD would qualify for benefits.


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