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Workers' Compensation

New York: Out-of-Town Police Officer Awarded Benefits for PTSD in Connection With World Trade Center Attack







A law enforcement officer from the City of Hornell (N.Y.) Police Department, who was sent to New York City for a six-day period following the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and who was engaged there in “perimeter containment” and “transports,” was a “participant in World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations” for purposes of N.Y. Work. Comp. Law § 161, held a state appellate court. Accordingly, substantial evidence supported the Board’s decision that the officer was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits related to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation.

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See Regan v. City of Hornell Police Dep’t, 2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 386 (3rd Dept., Jan. 15, 2015) [2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 386 (3rd Dept., Jan. 15, 2015)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 7.02 [7.02]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.









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