At Meuser Law Office, P.A., we represent many Minnesota first responders, including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers. Unfortunately, these people who protect the public in emergencies face both physical and mental dangers. As such, first responders experience a higher incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or (“PTSD”) as a result of the extreme, disturbing, and traumatic events they encounter on the job.
While many workers’ compensation insurance companies will automatically deny a PTSD work comp claim, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is covered under work comp. You may be entitled to medical benefits and wage loss benefits, including but not limited to, temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, and permanent partial disability benefits. The law surrounding PTSD claims is a new and emerging area in the Minnesota workers’ compensation system. If you have PTSD as a result of your employment, your eligibility for benefits may depend on whether you were injured before or after October 1, 2013.