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March 2018

Colburn Law

First Responders Eligible for PTSD Workers Compensation Benefits

Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers in Washington State will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress after Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6214. Washington State workers’ compensation laws and regulations prevent workers from receiving benefits for mental conditions caused by work-related stress. RCW

Steps to Take if You’re in a Construction Site Accident

Unfortunately, workplace accidents are common, especially in the construction field. Construction companies are legally and morally responsible for providing safe environments for their workers. Sometimes, accidents happen, despite safety measures in place. Other times, construction companies are negligent or reckless, unnecessarily putting workers at risk. Construction sites are inherently risky places; tools, working at heights,