News Digest 11-24-2021


Georgia rep pre-files bill to let first responders get workers’ comp for PTSD

Georgia State Rep. Gregg Kennard last week pre-filed a bill last week to ensure first responders, such as police and firemen, can get workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological injuries that they suffer from as a result of the stresses from their jobs. Gwinnett Daily Post


City of Cincinnati settles with family of employee electrocuted on the job

The City of Cincinnati will pay $500,000 to the family of a city employee who was killed in 2019 while on the job, according to court documents. The employee was 48 years old at the time and was alone as he worked to install a police surveillance camera when he came into contact with live wires. He was electrocuted and died at the scene. Cincinnati Enquirer


West Virginia Supreme Court says injury was not compensable

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of the Monongalia County Board of Education in a workers’ compensation case. A physician stated the claimant’s total right knee replacement was performed to treat severe arthritis, a non-compensable condition, according to the decision. West Virginia Record


Mixed report card for Australia’s ag sector in latest workers’ comp statistics

Australia’s agricultural sector has received a mixed report card in Safe Work Australia’s latest release of Australian workers’ compensation statistics. The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector had the highest rate of serious claims nationally, followed by manufacturing, and transport, postal and warehousing. Beef Central