While responding to a fire or emergency, firefighters may be exposed to carcinogens or hazardous materials. Working in these conditions can often lead to cancer. A new law in Pennsylvania has been created to help paid and volunteer firefighters who become ill with cancer. Under this law, the cancer is presumed to be work-related and the firefighters are guaranteed workers' compensation benefits.
We applaud Pennsylvania lawmakers for providing firefighters with this guaranteed compensation. Firefighters, both paid and volunteer, have earned this special right through their service to our communities. New Jersey Workers' Compensation law also recognizes that firefighters have extremely dangerous jobs. In addition to the risk of cancer, NJ firefighters are also at risk for serious burns, smoke inhalation, or a herniated disc from carrying heavy equipment. These work injuries can negatively impact your career and make you unable to provide for your family.
In most cases, injured NJ firefighters are entitled to full workers' compensation benefits. Certain types of injuries for firefighters are presumed to be work-related. Even volunteer firefighters are entitled to NJ Workers' Compensation benefits. These benefits include full payment of curative medical care and pay for lost time at work. If you have a loss of function, you may also receive a monetary settlement at the end of your case.
If you are an injured firefighter in NJ, it's best to have an experienced Morris Township workers' compensation lawyer on your side. Manfred Ricciardelli has handled thousands of these cases over the past 20 years. As a volunteer firefighter with the Morris Township Fire Department, he understands your specific needs. He will help you get the benefits you need to get back on your feet. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at 973-285-1100. You can also download our free E-Book to learn more about NJ Workers' Compensation law.