House Bill 1231 would require municipalities to provide workers’ compensation coverage for firefighters who develop cancer caused by their job duties. Specifically, the Bill calls for workers’ compensation coverage to exist for firefighters who develop cancer caused by carcinogens known to exist in burning buildings. However, a firefighter’s continuous use of tobacco products for two or more years can possibly be used to deny a claim. Firefighters will have six years after the last date of active duty to file a claim. Municipalities, however, are concerned about the increased costs potentially associated with the passage of House Bill 1231. The Bill was passed by the Senate and now is in the House Rules Committee.
A Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., can help determine if you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Source: Centre Daily Times, October 25, 2010