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Retired Firefighter Illnesses

Health problems and diseases faced by NYC’s firefighters

Almost 80,000 firefighters are injured every year in the line of duty. Broken bones, respiratory infections and heat stress are among some of the most common firefighter injuries. However what happens to firefighters once they retire? Retired first responders face cancer, lung diseases, herniated discs and more because of their careers. Repeated exposure to harsh fumes and extreme heat leave firefighters unable to perform their job duties and find new work. Disabled retired firefighters may be entitled to a disability pension or other benefits from the city and state of New York.

The New York City “Heart Bill”

In most disability cases, the burden of proof lies on the employees to provide evidence that their injury or illness is related to their employment. However, the City Heart Bill presumes that all heart diseases suffered by firefighters and police officers are automatically linked to their line of duty. In these cases, the employer of a firefighter suffering from a cardiovascular illness would have to prove the firefighter’s condition is not linked to their employment.

However, if you are suffering from another retired firefighter illness or disease, such as lung cancer or chronic asthma, you may be required to provide evidence that your condition is related to your duties as a firefighter. A New York firefighter disability lawyer can help you gather medical documentation and information to prove that you deserve proper compensation for your firefighter disease, injury or other condition.

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Firefighters face some of the most dangerous conditions on earth — structure fires, brush fires, hazardous spills and natural disasters. Even certain training activities can be devastating to one’s health. If you are a retired firefighter who is now fighting for your life, call The New York law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 888.746.8212 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We handle a variety of firefighter law cases as well as other personal injury law cases.


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