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Pennsylvania: “No-Holds-Barred” Meeting Leads to Compensable PTSD Claim
Posted on 1 Jan 2022 by Thomas A. Robinson

The evidence supported a WCJ’s finding that a “no-holds-barred” meeting, at which a former police officer was singled out for criticism, and which digressed into an abusive, vulgar, shouting match, was an extraordinary and unusual event... Read More

New York: Stress Must be Proved According to Objective, Not Subjective Standard
Posted on 26 Oct 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

A New York appellate court held that in order to establish a claim for PTSD, it was insufficient for a state correctional officer to show that he had been made to feel threatened--an inmate threatened to do bodily harm to the officer's family--he... Read More

District of Columbia: Public Sector Employee May Not Recover Schedule Benefits for PTSD
Posted on 18 Oct 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

The schedule benefits section of the District of Columbia's public-sector workers' compensation law, D.C. Code § 1-623.07 (2016 Repl.), does not provide for the payment of benefits for a worker's PTSD, held an appellate court, in spite... Read More

Arizona: Unusual Stress, Not Unusual Event, Key to Deputy’s Entitlement to PTSD Benefits
Posted on 10 Mar 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

An Arizona appellate court reversed a decision of the state’s Industrial Commission that denied a PTSD claim filed by a deputy sheriff, finding the Commission had concentrated on the unusual nature of the event which triggered the deputy’s... Read More

Minnesota: Supreme Court Gives Guidance Regarding Evidentiary Requirements of State’s PTSD Provisions
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

Prior to a 2013 amendment to Minn. Stat. § 176.011, subd. 16, Minnesota provided no workers’ compensation coverage for mental injuries that had a mental stimulus as their origin. Since then, however, coverage has been provided to those employees... Read More

Mississippi: Divided Court Affirms Award of PTSD Benefits Related to Hurricane Katrina
Posted on 31 Jan 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A divided Mississippi appellate court recently affirmed an award of PTSD benefits to an agent of the state’s Bureau of Narcotics resulting from her duties on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The agent, who ordinary... Read More

Missouri: Court Rejects PTSD Award for a Dog Bite
Posted on 26 Jan 2016 by Martin Klug

A hotel housekeeper was bit by a German Shepherd when she opened a door. She claims she could never work again due to PTSD and other injuries. The Commission affirmed an award of partial disability benefits but rejected her claim of total disability.... Read More

Tennessee: Sheriff Secretary’s PTSD Claim Related to Violent Threats Barred as Untimely
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A county sheriff’s personal secretary who, according to third-party witness accounts, was told by the sheriff during a heated exchange that her “ass is fired,” and that he would “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house... Read More

Larson Spotlight on Recent Cases: Street-Risk Doctrine Applied to Verizon Worker Assaulted by Random Stranger
Posted on 26 Apr 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Street Risk Doctrine, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Slip and Fall, and Amputation. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

New York: Bond Trader Denied Reduced Earnings Award in Spite of PTSD Related to September 11 Attack
Posted on 4 Apr 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A New York appellate court affirmed a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board that denied a corporate bond trader’s application for an award of reduced earnings that he claimed were caused by a PTSD condition brought about... Read More

Nebraska: Nurse Awarded PTSD Benefits After Series of Assaults by Patients
Posted on 11 Sep 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A nurse, who suffered a series of assaults by patients at her employer’s hospital may recover for her mental disability—major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder—in spite of Nebraska’s general rule that requires... Read More

New York: Out-of-Town Police Officer Awarded Benefits for PTSD in Connection With World Trade Center Attack
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

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... Read More

New York: Secretary’s PTSD Claim Connected With Patient’s Suicide Established Since She Was Not Mere Bystander
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A secretary at a medical facility, who claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after she responded to the suicide of a patient, is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, held a New York court. Affirming a decision of the state... Read More

North Carolina: Auto Parts Employee Awarded Extensive TTD Benefits for PTSD Following Robbery
Posted on 12 Feb 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

A North Carolina appellate court affirmed an award of continuing TTD benefits to a salesperson and driver for an auto parts store who complained of chest pains and a throbbing headache following an armed robbery at the employer’s store, but was... Read More

Virginia: Firefighter Paramedic’s PTSD May Be Compensable Occupational Disease
Posted on 17 Jan 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Virginia appellate court affirmed, in relevant part, a state Workers’ Compensation Commission’s finding that a firefighter paramedic’s work-related experiences over his 17-year career caused his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD... Read More