Who Qualifies as a First Responder?First responders are defined as: police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, certified emergency medical providers, emergency dispatchers, and those with similar titles.
First responders encounter a much higher rate of stress in work-related situations as opposed to those who do not fall within the category. These individuals are able to file a claim for mental injury due to extraordinary stress in a work-related situation; such as an emergency. A misconception is that these individuals are barred from filing a claim. First responders who file a claim for mental injury will not be barred from a compensable work-related stress claim. They are able to file such a claim due to the fact that the stress they encounter while handling work-related emergencies is similarly encountered by other first responders.
Since the term “extraordinary stress” can be misinterpreted by many, and individuals may feel that their case is considered extreme; having an experienced attorney representing them will help.
Proving the necessity for workers’ compensation is no easy task regardless of the individual case or situation. Your case is a serious commitment and the attorneys of Erwin, McCane & Daly are dedicated to staying informed of the laws and compensation reform changes. These changes can have a serious impact on your workers’ compensation case. Allow us to represent your First Responder Stress case, contact our office today