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PTSD Must Flow from the Physical Injuries in the Claim

Friday, October 10, 2014

Armstrong v. John R. Jurgensen, Co., 136 Ohio St. 3d 58, 2013-Ohio-2237

Claimant was involved in a motor vehicle accident while operating a one-ton dump truck when he was struck from behind. He observed the other drive and suspected that he was dead. Claimant was treated and released, but was also informed that the other driver had died. Claimant later requested that his claim be amended to include post traumatic stress disorder and was successful administratively. The Court here specifically found that the Claimant’s PTSD was not caused by his physical injuries but, but by his involvement in a fatal accident.

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