Posted On: March 30, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Ex-Cop Awarded Workers’ Compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A judge has awarded a former police officer $13,165 in workers’ compensation. John Forte was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was involved in a shootout on August 25, 2008. The gunman died and another cop suffered injuries.

Forte did not sustain any physical injuries. However, he says that following the shooting, he suffered nightmares and has relived the incident about 1,000 times in his head. He says his career as a police officer is over.

His workers’ compensation claim was denied. The award issued by the judge covers about 26 weeks of disability pay.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
This anxiety disorder can be set off by a traumatic episode. Merely witnessing a traumatic event can lead to PTSD.

People with PTSD can take months or even years to bounce back from the effects of the trauma inflicted upon them. In certain cases, it may take years after an incident for PTSD symptoms to occur.

Symptoms of PTSD:
• Flashbacks
• Bad dreams about the traumatic incident
• Periodically reliving the event
• Emotional numbness
• Becoming unwilling to deal with what happened
• Sense of hopelessness
• Avoiding certain activities
• Problems with concentration
• Intimacy issues
• Anger
• Guilty
• Irritability
• Shame
• Self-destruction
• Easily frightened
• Sleep issues

PTSD-related complications can include depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, relationship problems, job issues, an inability to enjoy everyday life, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal issues, and autoimmune disease.

Chicago, Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Following your Cook County work accident that resulted in injuries, you should file your Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible.

Former Police Officer in Arkansas Awarded Benefits for Stress Disorder, Claims Journal, March 30, 2010

Jacksonville Officer John Forte awarded benefits for stress disorder, Today STHV, March 30, 2010

Post-traumatic stress disorder, MayoClinic

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

National Center for PTSD

Documents related to John Forte's case, Arkansas Online

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