Insurance Act Doesn't Bar PTSD Claims: Wash. Court

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Washington Industrial Insurance Act doesn't bar the claims of a janitor alleging she suffered emotional distress after a school superintendent ordered her to clean the scene of a student's suicide, a state appellate court has determined.

The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington on April 21 overturned Spokane Superior Court's decision against janitor Debbie Rothwell.

The trial court had dismissed her claims, ruling that the Insurance Act — which is Washington state's exclusive remedy for workplace injury claims — barred Rothwell's claims against...
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