After years of struggle to pass a law to protect those who protect us, fire fighters can finally breathe easy in Pennsylvania.
Due to constant exposure to carcinogens found in smoke, fire fighters often are plagued with cancer caused by the flames they put out. Until now, fire fighters haven’t had access to workers’ compensation to help them get by when suffering from work-related illnesses as serious as cancer.
For years, the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association (PPFFA) has been pushing lawmakers to sign into action legislation that would protect the men and women who put their lives on the line. In June, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 797, making fire fighters eligible for workers’ compensation. If you think you may need to act now, know these facts:
- You must have been on the job at least four years prior to diagnosis
- You must have a previously clean bill of health
- You must establish exposure to a leading carcinogen
- You can file for workers’ compensation benefits up to six years after stopping duty
If you or someone you know is suffering from a work-related injury, contact our office today.