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As new medical studies came out in recent years revealing the extent that mental health injuries could have on a person, several states considered legislation to allow standalone mental health injuries to be covered by workers’ compensation. (Photo: Bigstock) As new medical studies came out in recent years revealing the extent that mental health injuries could have on a person, several states considered legislation to allow standalone mental health injuries to be covered by workers’ compensation. (Photo: Bigstock)

Connecticut’s governor, Ned Lamont, has signed into law a bill providing workers’ compensation benefits to police officers, parole officers and firefighters who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing an unnerving event in the line of duty.

Previously, workers’ compensation covered mental health injuries only when they were sustained in conjunction with physical injuries. The new law extends that coverage, recognizing that first responders in particular can be exposed to events on the job that can cause difficulty coping or adjusting for weeks and months at a time, sometimes leading to intense flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and depression.

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