Firefighters – Cancer – Workers’ Compensation

by | Aug 25, 2016 | Personal Injury Law Queensland

Qld Firefighters are wearing pink in September to promote awareness about the link between what they do and the very increased risk that they have of developing cancer and to encourage each other to be proactive in their job to reduce that risk.

Firefighters are more at risk of getting certain types of cancer than the rest of us because of the work they do.

The Federal Government, QLD, WA, SA, NT and Tasmanian governments have legislated for presumption legislation for firefighters who develop cancer because of their employment as firefighters.

Presumptive legislation means that firefighters can access workers’ compensation easier and quicker when they are diagnosed with a cancer in the deemed diseases list, provided they meet the qualifying period:

Primary Site – Brain Cancer, Primary Leukemia   – 5 years

Primary Site – Breast Cancer, testicular cancer – 10 years

Primary Site – Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate Cancer, Ureter Cancer, Colorectal cancer  -15 Years

Primary Site – Oesophageal Cancer – 25 years

Firefighters in NSW and Victoria, where there is no presumptive legislation, can still claim compensation if they develop cancer but it is decided like any other claim for workers’ compensation and the firefighter needs to prove the entitlement. That’s where we can help.

James Law have a unique speciality and expertise in this area of compensation and can assist any firefighter and their families and will do it on a No Win No Fee basis.

James Law work closely with the Firefighter Cancer Foundation Australia to provide legal assistance to firefighters diagnosed with Cancer, helping them to claim their workers’compensation.