Earlier this summer, Connecticut’s governor signed into law a bill that would allow firefighters with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
The new legislation includes firefigthers who are diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing the death of a fellow firefighter while in the line of duty. This includes bother volunteer firefighters and paid firefighters employed by cities. In order to qualify, the diagnosis must be made by a licensed adn board certified mental health professional. Currently, Connecticut police officers receive the same type of compensation.
Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder can include flashbacks or repeated nightmares of the event, having a lack of interest in normal activities, as well as having an exaggerated response to things that startle you.