post-traumatic stress disorder News

Trauma for Cops After School Shootings is Largely Unstudied

About the photo: Members of a police SWAT team march to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 20, 1999 as they prepare to do a final search of the school after two gunmen opened fire on campus. LITTLETON, …

Former NYC Police Officer Admits Guilt in Big Disability-Fraud Case

An accused ringleader of a sprawling disabilities fraud scheme admitted Wednesday he helped coach retired police officers and others to fake mental-health problems to get Social Security benefits. Joseph Esposito pleaded guilty to grand larceny in a scam that prosecutors …

Connecticut Bill Seeks to Extend Worker’s Comp Coverage for PTSD

State lawmakers are revisiting a proposal to expand Connecticut’s worker’s compensation law to cover post-traumatic stress disorder. A bill before the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee would provide coverage to state or municipal employees diagnosed with the disorder after …

Consultants Helped Claimants Fib in New York City Disability Scam

When dozens of former police officers and firefighters sought disability benefits, advisers provided a playbook for faking mental illness – how to describe daily routines of languishing dysfunction, flunk simple concentration tests convincingly, dress down for benefits interviews, even how …

Iowa Man Involved in Fatal Crash Sues City

An Iowa man who fatally hit a volunteer firefighter is suing the city of Shelby, alleging the man was under the influence of drugs and stepped into traffic. David Thies filed the claim in Pottawattamie County small claims court in …

4 Injured Workers Sue Over Collapse at Ohio Casino

Four workers injured earlier this year when a floor collapsed at the construction site of Cincinnati, Ohio’s first and only casino have filed a lawsuit against the project’s builders. The lawsuit accuses the construction firms of neglecting safety to get …

Tennessee Court Rules on Workers Comp Statute of Limitations

A worker who witnessed the deaths of two co-workers but did not file a post-traumatic stress disorder claim until more than a year after the second death is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled. …

Connecticut House Passes Firefighter Compensation Bill

A bill that would make certain local firefighters eligible for workers’ compensation coverage for mental or emotional damage has passed the Connecticut House of Representatives. State representatives voted 141-to-0 in favor of the bill Wednesday. It now awaits action in …