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Newtown shooting prompts review of workers' compensation benefits

Currently, the workers' compensation system does not recognize PTSD

By Keith M. Phaneuf

MERIDEN, Conn. —The shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month are prompting a close review of a workers' compensation system that doesn't recognize post-traumatic stress disorder and that limits mental- health benefits to emergency personnel who are the victims of violence.

Although state legislators could carve a special exception into Connecticut's workers' compensation system to help emergency personnel, educators and others emotionally scarred by the Newtown shooting, the December tragedy also raised a larger question that may take longer to answer.

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