Fla. Eases Eligibilty for Workers’ Comp Benefits for Police, Fire

June 12, 2007

Florida police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders would have an easier time becoming eligible for workers compensation benefits, and would get a better package of benefits under legislation Gov. Charlie Crist signed last week.

The legislation passed earlier this year eases requirements for benefits related to occupational diseases, increases benefits for responders who have a mental or nervous injury and extends payment of total disability benefits to certain retirees.

The measure (SB 746) was sponsored by Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando and Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales.

“These brave men and woman protect their fellow Floridians and put their lives on the line day in and day out,” Crist said in a statement released after he signed the bill at the Florida Professional Firefighters Conference. “Through this legislation, we have the opportunity to express in a tangible and meaningful way just how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.”

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