Emergency responders PTSD compensation invoice

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Earlier this week, Governor Tony Evers signed a bipartisan bill that will make it easier for rescue workers with post-traumatic stress disorder to file compensation claims from workers. Evers signed the bill at a Madison fire department on Tuesday.

Under the bill, responders diagnosed with PTSD by a psychiatrist or psychologist are only required to demonstrate that they are suffering from a majority of the evidence. Previously, the police and fire brigade had to show that they were suffering more from emotional distress and stress than the everyday tension they normally experience in order to claim compensation.

The bill guarantees compensation for up to 32 weeks and allows respondents to make only three such claims in their lifetime.

Senator Andre Jacque spoke to Jeff Alexander about Action Comp for first responders on Action 2 News at 4:30 am, calling it “life-saving legislation.”

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