- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether they have suffered any physical injuries under legislation passed by an Ohio Senate panel.

The bill would apply to police, peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians with PTSD arising from work. Current law does not allow for compensation for a psychiatric condition unless the worker with PTSD has a related physical injury or was forced into sexual conduct.

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Similar efforts elsewhere have drawn criticism from police chiefs and local leaders worried about the costs and potential frivolous claims.

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