Under the firefighter-cancer presumption law, current and retired firefighters who suffer from various cancers will be able to receive workers compensation benefits.
The amended code in Ohio now states, “Cancer contracted by a firefighter who has been assigned to at least six years of hazardous duty as a firefighter constitutes a presumption that the cancer was contracted in the course of and arising out of the firefighter’s employment if the firefighter was exposed to an agent classified by the international agency for research on cancer or its successor organization as a group 1 or 2A carcinogen.”
The law is rebuttable based off numerous things a few being exposure to tobacco, cigarettes and/or other hazardous cancer causing entity. If it has been over 20 years since the last assigned hazardous duty, this law will not apply.
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