AN ACT PROVIDING THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, 911 DISPATCHERS, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES PERSONNEL ARE ENTITLED TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA UNDER SPECIFIED CIRCUMSTANCES.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 97-53 to provide that posttraumatic stress disorder is a compensable occupational disease if the first responder is examined and subsequently diagnosed with such disorder by a healthcare provider who establishes within a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the posttraumatic stress disorder is caused by activities of employment as a first responder (was, compensable occupational disease that arises out of employment as a first responder and arises out of injuries that are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade occupation, process, or employment if the specified conditions were met; also previously, required the disorder to be demonstrated by a preponderance of medical evidence demonstrated by a licensed psychiatrist or licensed psychologist). Makes additional technical changes. Amends the act's long title.
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