News Digest 10-18-2021


Florida law enforcement officers request more time to apply for PTSD workers’ comp

Clearwater, Florida’s police chief says the number of policemen suffering from post-traumatic stress is greatly underestimated. Now, the state’s police chiefs are calling on lawmakers to allow more time for their officers to be eligible for workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress, saying the limited timeframe has made it nearly impossible for them to qualify. News4Jax


Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre officials approves renewal of workers’ comp contracts

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania City Council last week agreed to extend contracts with two companies that handle the city’s workers’ compensation program. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader


Louisiana trooper bonds out on intoxication manslaughter charge

A Louisiana trooper has bonded out of a Texas jail on a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of a pedestrian who was struck in August. At the time of the crash, the trooper was off-duty, on workers’ compensation leave since 2017. Fox 4 Beaumont


Australian companies expect to pay hundreds of millions in COVID claims

In Australia, insurers are gearing up to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims as employees return to the office. A new report by Australian actuarial and consulting firm Finity projects around 100,000 employees will be infected across the country once states ease restrictions at the 70 percent vaccine milestone.