Florida District Court of Appeal upholds denial of benefits to a first responder for his claims of mental injuries from work-related trauma.
The First District Court of Appeal affirmed the final compensation order below, opining that the expert medical testimony supported the judge’s denial of the claimant’s Fla. Stat. Sec. 112.1815(2)(a)(3) claim. It was held that the accident did not give rise to any need for treatment due to post-traumatic stress disorder, or any other compensable mental injury, regardless of the evidence standard used by the judge. However, the court agreed with the claimant’s assertion that claimants who are first responders can seek workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD under either Sec. 112.1815(2)(a)(3) or paragraph (5) or both.
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