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Connecticut lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would make mental injuries suffered by individuals employed to treat COVID-19 patients or witness sufferers of the disease compensable under workers’ compensation.

S.B. 660 would apply to first responders, health care workers, correctional officers, or individuals handling radio or over the phone calls related to those suffering from COVID-19. The bill would apply to certain conditions, including witnessing the death of a person due to COVID-19 or due to symptoms that were later diagnosed as COVID-19, witnessing an injury to a person who someone who later dies of the illness or due to symptoms that were later attributed to COVID-19, those who had physical contact with and provided care for a person who subsequently died of COVID-19 or symptoms that were later attributed to the illness, and witnesses of a traumatic physical injury that results in the loss of a vital body function of a person due to the illness or due to symptoms that were later diagnosed as COVID-19.

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