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The wife and children of a state trooper who killed himself after a traumatic event related to his job, do not qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits, Nebraska’s Supreme Court has ruled.

Mental injury or brain changes caused by a mental stimulus that resulted when the trooper was told he had committed a fatal error, do not fit the comp law’s requirement for physical injury or occupational disease, the court found in the case of Loree Zach v. Nebraska State Patrol.

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