After a sheriff was involved in a shooting, he was denied workers compenstation. According to the South Carolina Supreme Court, the sheriff is not entitled to worker's compensation for his mental distress after the shooting. The court states that using deadly force is part of the job and it does not count as an exceptional condition. South Carolina requires that employees must show that the employment conditions that caused the stress, mental injury, or mental illness were unusual.
This incident happened in October of 2009 in Spartanburg to a disturbance between neighbors. The officer shot the man who threatened his life, which is standard protocol. The officer began to experience anxiety and depression, but sought treatment. The conclusion that the officer was unable to work, so he filed workers compensation, but was denied in March 2010. The court must rule to the current statute.
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