What firefighters deployed from Michigan on 9/11 need to know about potential workers’ compensation benefits and cancer.
The New York Post reports that over 3,700 responders have now been diagnosed with cancer linked to the events of September 11. This includes 1,100 firefighters resulting in 109 deaths.
The FDNY’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, said “due to the physical nature of their jobs, these illnesses have had a tremendous impact on our membership and their families.”
Research has found thyroid, colon, prostate and blood cancers to be the most prevalent. Lifetime medical care is typically required.
We previously suggested that firefighters deployed from Michigan file dual claims in New York and Michigan. This would preserve their legal rights in both states.
A firefighter who receives benefits from New York can also make a claim in Michigan. Lifetime medical and wage loss benefits are available. A credit will be given to the Michigan insurer/employer for any duplicate benefits paid.
Michigan also recently passed legislation creating a firefighter cancer presumption fund. Any respiratory tract, bladder, skin, brain, kidney, blood, thyroid, testicular, prostate, or lymphatic cancer will be presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment. Unfortunately, the legislation did not include a funding mechanism so no benefits are yet available. Check back for further updates.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.
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