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Lawmakers Consider Changes To SC Workers Compensation

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According to The State, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would exempt public safety workers from the "extraordinary and unusual" standards for awarding workers compensation. According to The State, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would exempt public safety workers from the "extraordinary and unusual" standards for awarding workers compensation.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

South Carolina lawmakers are trying to change the state's workers compensation law.


According to The State, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would exempt public safety workers from the "extraordinary and unusual" standards. Right now, a worker can only be awarded compensation payments for mental injuries that met that standard.  

The issue is in the spotlight because of a case involving a former Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy who was denied compensation.  He was seeking the payments because of mental distress that came from killing a man while serving on duty.  The state Supreme Court ruled that for a police officer, shooting someone is not "extraordinary or unusual."

Local governments oppose the bill, arguing that relaxing requirements would increase the number of expensive claims.

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