Washington Firefighter PTSD and Workers Comp Attorney
Due to their stressful jobs, firefighters are at incredibly high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some report that the rate of PTSD among firefighters may be comparable to those of combat veterans.
Fortunately, there is help out there in the form of workers compensation for first responders to help you receive treatment for your disorder. If you or a loved one is a firefighter in Washington who is suffering from PTSD, contact Colburn Law today to discuss your situation. We can help you receive the compensation benefits you deserve to treat your disorder.
Why Choose Us?
At Colburn Law, we are dedicated to being the premier law firm in Washington to assist first responders with PTSD claims.
- We have years of experience helping clients with all types of workers compensation claims. We were among the first law firms to help first responders receive compensation for PTSD.
- We are dedicated to our clients, providing them with the service and assistance they deserve in this time of need. This includes helping them receive the care they need, even after they receive compensation benefits.
- Founder Greg Colburn is a victim of workplace injury as well, suffering a severe injury on the job that left him wheelchair-bound for two years. His experience can help you in filing a claim.
We ultimately want to give you the compensation you deserve to live a normal life.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
An attorney with experience and knowledge in workers compensation in Washington state can be an invaluable resource to your PTSD claim.
- They can help take care of the legwork while you focus on your own life.
- The requirements for a claim can often be confusing, especially regarding PTSD claims. A lawyer can help sort through that red tape on your behalf.
- A lawyer can file all the complicated paperwork that is necessary.
Additionally, an attorney may be able to help you find the proper treatment necessary, referring you to specialists or other professionals who can help you with your mental health issues.
Workers Compensation Laws in Washington
In the state of Washington, workers compensation (also known as industrial insurance) specifically regarding PTSD is covered by two laws:
- The Industrial Insurance Act is the state’s formal law that defines general worker’s compensation benefits for all Washington state residents. Although it does cover PTSD, it has recently only done so on the basis that it was caused by an “industrial injury” – a single traumatic event that caused it. By contrast, mental health disorders are not covered under the definition of occupational disease – one that arises naturally throughout the course of a job.
- Senate Bill 6214, passed in 2018, allows first responders to receive benefits for PTSD even if it was not caused by a single traumatic event. It essentially defines PTSD as an occupational disease for first responders, allowing those who have developed PTSD over the course of a career to file for compensation benefits.
It’s important to note, however, that there are exclusions and limitations for coverage.
- Senate Bill 6214 dictates that PTSD to only considered an occupational disease if have served for a minimum of ten years.
- The law excludes any PTSD that can be directly attributed to any good-faith actions by the employer, including disciplinary actions, demotions, layoffs, terminations, or other similar actions.
- The statute of limitations for an industrial injury claim is within one year of the date of injury.
- The statue of limitations for an occupational disease claim is within two years of the date that a physician gives you written notice of the disease.
Contact us Today
If you or a loved one are a firefighter who is suffering from PTSD, contact Colburn Law today. We want to help you receive the benefits you deserve in order to get your life back on track. Schedule a free consultation, and let us assist you in your PTSD claim.