Recently, the Pennsylvania legislature adopted a new law allowing volunteer firefighters to file workers’ compensation claims if they develop cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens at the site of a fire.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers and as such, feel it is important to discuss recent changes to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws. Recently, the Pennsylvania legislature adopted a new law allowing volunteer firefighters to file workers’ compensation claims if they develop cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens at the site of a fire. The law, which has only recently taken effect, allows volunteer firefighters who have served for a minimum of four years to file a claim for compensation as many as 11 ½ years after leaving their position.
As a result of the new law, at least two insurers have chosen to stop providing insurance to volunteer fire departments. For some municipalities, this has created a significant budget issue, as the lack of options for providing workers’ compensation benefits to volunteer firefighters may lead to a considerable increase in the premiums that they pay for this service. For this reason, some have called for the law to be rolled back, or at least for the scale of its effects, particularly the statute of limitations on claims, to be reduced.
While the budget concerns that the law creates should not be dismissed, it is also an important step forward in ensuring that those who risk their lives to protect others will themselves be given the protection they deserve if they should suffer an illness as a result of their service. Otherwise, volunteer firefighters who develop cancer because of their civic devotion may not be able to afford their medical care. The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to help represent volunteer firefighters, or any other injured workers, in pursuing the benefits they need.
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