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Legislative Update: First Responders


By Phil Yacuboski

Montpelier, VT (WorkersCompensation.com) - Vermont and Texas have made it easier for first responders to obtain workers’ compensation benefits thanks to new laws.  

“This is a job related injury and we felt it was the right thing to do,” said Bradley Reed, president of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont.

Prior to this legislation, which also had the support of the Vermont Troopers Association, Vermont did cover some claims. In 2003, a state Supreme Court ruled against a Burlington firefighter who tried to collect workers’ compensation. The court essentially said that the stress experienced by the first responder was part of the job.

“Those that worked in a high stress environment would never be able to recover a claim unless everybody else who...

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