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TV videographer denied workers' comp benefits for post traumatic stress

A former cameraman for an Oklahoma City television station is not entitled to workers' compensation benefits for post traumatic stress related to his work covering tragic events, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday.

Former KOKH Channel 25 videographer John Christopher Biebrich's job required him to "record tragic scenes, many of them too disturbing to be shown on television," the court said.

The court cited several tragic and shocking events recorded by Biebrich during his career, including an interview with a father who described having his two girls ripped from his arms by a tornado in Piedmont and a girl who was dismembered when she was run over by several automobiles on the interstate.

The court ruled Biebrich's mental injury was not compensable because it did not arise "directly as a result of a compensable physical injury" as required by law.

Efforts to reach Biebrich and his attorneys for comment were unsuccessful.

Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›

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