First responders are often the first people you see when you suffered a car accident or have a medical emergency. They provide professional help when you need it most. Frequently, as a result of their jobs, first responders are exposed to violent and disturbing images and events. This can cause psychological damage which we are only beginning to understand.
Thanks to the leadership from Ohio first responder labor organizations and testimony from the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters and the Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio House recently passed a bill providing workers' compensation coverage for first responders that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their job. The bill is now in the state senate in the Insurance and Financial Institutions committee.
On our worst days, first responders are there to protect us. Shouldn't we be there for our first responders on their worst days? If you agree, please contact your state senator today. If you are a first responder suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of your job, contact this firm for a free consultation.
Matthew T. Hurm, Esq.
Matthew T. Hurm, Esq. has represented employees, their unions, and fringe benefit funds since 2010. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. He works primarily on labor and employment, workers' compensation, pension and healthcare, and estate planning legal matters. Matt serves as a contributing editor to the leading labor law treatise, The Developing Labor Law and other significant legal references. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and has resided in Cleveland for seven years.