New Law Recognizes Cancer as Occupational Disease for Volunteer and Paid Firefighters

A new bill that recognizes cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters, was signed into law on July 7, 2011. House Bill 797 allows volunteer and paid firefighters in Pennsylvania to file for Workers Compensation if they are diagnosed with cancer. The law designates cancer as an occupational disease and allows firefighters to receive Workers’ Compensation if they are diagnosed with cancer related to direct exposure to certain known carcinogens encountered while responding to an emergency. There are multiple guidelines for applicants, which state that firefighters must be on active duty for at least four years and are required to pass a cancer screening before battling fires to file a claim.

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