If you served as a firefighter, you may not have been aware of the hidden risks of serving your community. Firefighters are exposed to hazardous chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health conditions. Much of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and flame retardants used by firefighters have been found to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” which studies show cause serious health issues in humans, including several types of cancer. In July 2022, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified firefighting as a Group 1 carcinogen, which may make you eligible for workers’ compensation.
Ohio has enacted laws that allow firefighters and other first responders to receive workers’ compensation benefits when they are exposed to heat, smoke, fumes, and other toxic chemicals in the line of duty and suffer from any cardiovascular, pulmonary, or respiratory disease. If a firefighter who served at least six years of hazardous duty presents evidence that they were exposed to a Group 1 or 2A carcinogen and were later diagnosed with a relevant health condition, it is presumed that the condition is a result of the occupational exposure, and thus, eligibility for a workers’ compensation claim should be considered.
Navigating a legal claim can be confusing. The first step is to determine if you have a workers’ compensation claim. If the following qualifiers are true for you, contact the attorneys at NRS Injury Law to discuss your eligibility:
If you are an active firefighter concerned about PFAS exposure and its potential impact on your health, there are steps you can take today to prepare for any future workers’ compensation claims:
NRS Injury Law is the largest workers’ compensation firm in Ohio and we are here to help you understand your legal options. Let’s start this journey together. Fill out this online form or call 855-GOT-HURT to schedule a free consultation. We will review the details of your case and help you determine if you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.