Glossary Check: Fla. Injuries that Qualify as Grievous Bodily Harm of Nature that Shocks Conscience

02 Mar, 2023 Frank Ferreri


Tallahassee, FL ( -- In some states, including Florida, employment-related posttraumatic stress disorder for first responders and correctional officers is compensable.

In the Sunshine State, for purposes of such compensability, the injuries to which a first responder or correctional officer must be exposed to are injuries that qualify as "grievous bodily harm of a nature that shocks the conscience."

Here is what that term means in Florida:

  • Decapitation (full or partial)
  • Degloving
  • Enucleation
  • Evisceration
  • Exposure of one or more of the following internal organs:
    • Brain
    • Heart
    • Intestines
    • Kidneys
    • Liver
    • Lungs
  • Impalement
  • Severance (full or partial)
  • Third dgree burn on 9 percent or more of the body

For information from Florida and the rest of the U.S., turn to WorkCompResearch


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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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