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New workers’ compensation law for Florida first responders

Florida’s first responders have a difficult job. They see Floridians at their worst. Sometimes they even risk their lives and get injured on the job. But what happens when first responders see and experience traumatizing events?

The effects of posttraumatic stress disorder are difficult enough to live with, even harder to try to work through. Still, that was the only option for Florida’s fire fighters, police and paramedics since PTSD did not make a first responder eligible for lost wages through workers’ compensation.