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Allowance of PTSD Without A Physical Injury? What Senate Bill 5 is Proposing

Senate Bill 5 proposes to amend Section 4123.01 of the Ohio Revised Code to allow psychiatric claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder without a physical injury.  By definition, “injury” does not include psychiatric conditions unless they result from an allowed physical injury or occupational disease, or unless they arise from sexual conduct cases.   Senate Bill 5 proposes to expand psychiatric claims for peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder received in the course of and arising out of employment.  Please contact your Ohio representative or senator with comments or questions, or contact a member of our workers’ compensation practice section.

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