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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Workers’ Comp will cover hijacked UPS driver with PTSD

Risks associated with employment are usually covered under Workers' Compensation claims. Assaults usually are traumatic in nature and having a component of psychological stress manifested in post traumatic stress disorders.Today's post is shared from wvrecord.com
The state Supreme Court has ruled that a UPS driver’s post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from a hijacking is a compensable injury in the Workers’ Compensation system.
The court made the decision Oct. 25 in UPS’ appeal of a Board of Review decision in Jay Hannah’s case.
Justices of the state Supreme Court

Justices of the state WVSupreme Court
Hannah had his UPS truck hijacked by a man with a rifle on Aug. 11, 2010. The events of the hijacking are summarized by the court in the opinion as follows:
“The gunman fired a shot in the air near Mr. Hannah’s driver side door. He then threatened Mr. Hannah’s life and forced Mr. Hannah to drive him towards the police station. On the way to the police station, the gunman saw a police cruiser parked at a gas station and forced Mr. Hannah to pull over.
“The gunman then took the keys to the truck, stepped out of the passenger side door, and fired a shot at the ground. As the gunman was getting out of the truck, Mr. Hannah was able to escape and hide behind a nearby store. The gunman was subsequently fatally shot by law enforcement.”
According to a 2012 report in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the hijacking occurred in Elizabeth by Joseph Dennis...
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