Ohio first responders closer to new PTSD claims; business groups still opposed

  • Source: The Columbus Dispatch
  • Published: 06/05/2019 12:00 AM

Ohio first responders are once again butting heads with the business community over workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. A fight that has repeatedly arisen over recent years is again heating up, after House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury. First responders say that requiring a physical injury, as under current law, is inconsistent with the definition of PTSD, which says a physical injury is not among the criteria for a diagnosis. Catherine Murphy Hardin gave emotional testimony Tuesday as she talked about her son, Trever Murphy, an Orange Township firefighter/paramedic in Delaware County who committed suicide in April at age 28. “On my son’s last two runs, the second-to-last run, a little girl died in my son’s arms, and he struggled very bad with that,” she said. His last run was a fatal car accident.


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