Workers' compensation; declares PTSD suffered by a first responder as an occupational disease, etc. (HB1706)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
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Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; PTSD. Declares that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by a first responder is an occupational disease suffered in the line of duty if, among other conditions, the PTSD is demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence to have resulted from the responder's documented exposure to a qualifying event in the course of his employment. Qualifying events include seeing a deceased minor, directly witnessing the death of a minor, and seeing a decedent whose death involved grievous bodily harm of a nature that shocks the conscience. The measure also requires employers of first responders to provide educational training related to PTSD awareness, prevention, mitigation, and treatment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/13/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101213D
12/13/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/10/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1706)
01/22/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/2019Left in Commerce and Labor

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