An employee, one of hundreds who worked in a municipal building rampaged by an armed utilities engineer in May, now takes up to four medications to deal with her anxiety and depression. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she was on medical leave following the mass shooting that left 12 people and the gunman dead. She goes to a therapist to help cope with her symptoms.
Five months later, 450 city employees have filed for workers’ compensation benefits related to the shooting. The mountain of claims represents the immense psychological and emotional toll the attack has had on the staff. Given that only four survivors were reported wounded, the vast majority of claims are for mental health reasons.
The cases show how such violence causes a cascade of devastation — and the difficult journey many of the people who keep the city running face as they try to recover.
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