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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: 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

Illinois: Fire Lieutenant Entitled to Benefits for PTSD Following Fatal Fire
Posted on 4 Aug 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Where a fire lieutenant suffered from PTSD after witnessing a fellow firefighter die after a traumatic fire, the Commission’s decision that the claimant did not sustain accidental injuries that arose out of and in the course of his employment was... Read More

New York: Assistant Manager’s PTSD Claim Tied to Murder-for-Hire Scheme Found Compensable
Posted on 11 Jul 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A New York appellate court, affirming a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board, has held that the exacerbation of a supermarket assistant manager’s preexisting PTSD arose out of and in the course of his employment when,... Read More

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Dilemma for Workers’ Compensation Claims
Posted on 20 Jun 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

Doesn’t the Employer Take the Employee as It Finds Him or Her, Susceptible to PTSD or Not? By Thomas A. Robinson, JD, the Feature National Columnist of the LexisNexis Workers' Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert... Read More

Nebraska: Recreational Drug User Entitled to Inpatient Care to Treat Worsening Drug Problem Following Robbery and Work-Related Shooting
Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A retail employee, who was shot multiple times by assailants who had returned to the store in apparent retaliation for the employee’s reporting of an earlier robbery to police, and who developed PTSD as a result of the incident, was appropriately... Read More

Tennessee: With PTSD Claim, Objective, Not Subjective, Test to Be Used In Determining If Stress Was Unusual
Posted on 22 Jan 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

In a decision not yet designated for publication, Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel affirmed a trial court’s denial of an employee’s claim for psychological injuries, depression and PTSD on the grounds that... Read More

New York: PTSD Claimant Fails to Show Level of Stress Was Unusual
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Repeating the New York rule regarding stress claims, that mental injuries caused by work-related stress are compensable if the claimant can show that the stress that caused the injury was “greater than that which other similarly situated workers... Read More

Tennessee: PTSD Claim Unsuccessful Where Work Related Conference Speaker Sparks Memories of Being Raped as a Child
Posted on 29 Jan 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

A Tennessee nurse, who contended she suffered a mental breakdown and PTSD after attending a work-related conference did not establish that the level of stress he experienced at the conference was abnormal, extraordinary, or unusual, held a special workers’... 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