First responder with PTSD wins appeal for benefits

Traumatic events expected on the job, but court finds exception for PTSD cases
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/08/2017

A New Brunswick first responder has won an appeal for workers’ compensation after his initial claim for suffering post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) was denied.

Jacques Hébert worked as an ambulance attendant with Ambulance New Brunswick, the province’s provider of air and land ambulance services. As is often the case in such employment, Hébert encountered several horrible situations in the course of his job.

By early 2014, the cumulative effect of Hébert’s experiences on the job got to him and he had to take time off work. A psychologist diagnosed him with PTSD and Hébert reported his condition to Ambulance New Brunswick on Jan. 20, 2015. He also filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.