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Appellate Court Confirms Protections For First Responder Claims For Post Traumatic Stress

2016-08-24

In the recent decision of Moran v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (Village of Homewood), 2016 IL App (1st) 151366WC, the Illinois Appellate court found that a firefighter, who had witnessed the injury and death of a fellow firefighter at the scene of the incident, proved entitlement to benefits for the development of post traumatic stress, even though the claimant was not physically injured.  This is an important decision as it affirms the rights of workers who "suffer a sudden, severe emotional shock traceable to a definite time, place and cause which causes psychological injury or harm...".

Knowing how to address these injuries, how to properly present them to an arbitrator or a jury, and what it takes to prove your claim is important.  If you have suffered this type of injury, or are in an accident and have questions, call us to get the advice and representation necessary to win your case.

 

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