Gov. Evers signs bill allowing worker’s compensation for emergency responders suffering from PTSD

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bipartisan bill that makes it easier for emergency responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to file worker’s compensation claims.

Right now, police and firefighters must show they’re suffering more emotional strain and stress than the day-to-day tensions they normally feel to claim compensation.

Under the bill, responders diagnosed with PTSD need only show they’re suffering by a preponderance of the evidence.

The bill guarantees up to 32 weeks of compensation and allows responders to make only three such claims in his or her lifetime.

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