Senate Begins Hearings on Workers’ Comp PTSD Bill

This week, the Senate’s General Government and Agency Review Committee heard sponsor testimony on House Bill 308 — legislation that would allow first responders to receive Ohio workers’ compensation benefits if diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even without an accompanying physical injury.

Were HB 308 enacted, it would mark the first time that Ohio would allow a mental claim without accompanying physical harm. Current law prohibits so-called “mental-mental claims.” There is concern that Ohio lawmakers are aiming to pass the bill before year’s end. 5/14/2020