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The Colorado House approved a bill Monday that aims to aid first responders seeking workers compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.
House Bill 1229, introduced earlier this month, would allow “peace officers, emergency medical service providers, and firefighters (public safety professionals)” to seek workers comp for PTSD arising out of a "psychologically traumatic event," even if the event did not lead to a corresponding physical injury, according the bill text and an analysis posted on the Colorado General Assembly website. The Colorado House approved H.B. 1229 in a 52-11 vote Monday morning.
The bill also would require mental impairment claims to be supported by testimony from a licensed psychiatrist, rather than a physician, or a psychologist, according to the bill’s analysis.
The bill will head to the Colorado Senate for consideration. If signed into law, H.B. 1229 would become effective on July 1, 2018, the analysis said.
A longshoreman who accidentally struck and killed a co-worker with the forklift he was operating is entitled to receive disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, a federal court ruled.