Aggressive Representation for Injured Firefighters Across Pennsylvania

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), firefighters have one of the highest rates of injury and illness of all occupations. As of 2016, there were approximately 327,300 firefighters in the U.S., excluding volunteer firefighters. Many of these workers have long and physically-demanding workdays where they face a variety of on-the-job hazards, including exposure to flames and smoke, collapsing buildings and traffic accidents. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. proudly represent Pennsylvania firefighters who were injured in the line of duty.

Common Firefighter Injuries

Firefighters risk their safety to protect others and therefore they may suffer work-related injuries and illnesses such as injuries from falls off ladders and occupational illnesses associated with smoke inhalation. Some other common firefighter injuries and illnesses include:

  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Fatal injuries
  • Head injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Heart attacks
  • Injuries from explosions
  • Injuries from falls
  • Knee injuries

Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act

Under the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act, firefighters and law enforcement officers may collect compensation for their full salary, medical and hospital expenses if they were injured, suffered a heart attack, or contracted an illness in the performance of their duties. To qualify for compensation, the injuries must be temporary, the worker must be expected to return to work and the injuries must have been incurred during the worker’s performance of his or her job duties.

Firefighters’ Cancer Presumption Act

Firefighters are exposed to smoke and other carcinogens on a regular basis. However, the health effects of such exposure may take years to surface. This type of claim can be difficult to prove since diseases like cancer can be attributed to a number of causes. To address this problem, the Firefighters’ Cancer Presumption Act, passed in 2011, established a presumption for firefighters and volunteer firefighters regarding cancer as a work-related illness. Under the Act, all types of cancer are considered work-related provided that the worker:

  • Served as a firefighter for at least four years
  • Can prove direct exposure to a Group 1 carcinogen
  • Had a physical exam prior to employment as a firefighter or prior to filing his or her workers’ compensation claim showing that he or she did not have cancer

The presumption may be rebutted if the employer or their insurance company can show that the claimant’s cancer was not caused by firefighting. For example, workers who are heavy smokers may have a hard time succeeding in their claims. Many insurers stopped providing coverage for firefighters once the Firefighters’ Cancer Presumption Act went into effect, making it difficult for workers to get necessary medical treatment. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. fight to protect the rights of injured firefighters and help them get the benefits they need.

There are more forms of presumptive coverage for firefighters under Pennsylvania law, including those who developed heart and lung diseases due to overexertion or heat and smoke exposure. Other presumptive diseases are Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS since firefighters are often the first responders on the scene of accidents and therefore have a high risk of contracting infectious, bloodborne diseases.

Filing Deadlines

Under the Firefighters’ Cancer Presumption Act, firefighters must file their claims within 300 weeks of their last occupational exposure to qualify for the presumption. All other claims must be filed within 600 weeks.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Injured Firefighters

If you were injured on the job or are suffering from a work-related illness, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We proudly represent firefighters and their families in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.

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Melissa Yonkers

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Anna Diaz

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Anna Diaz

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

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The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

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Terri Delaney

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

Ryan Hoffman

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Ryan Hoffman

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work.

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

D.R., client

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D.R., client

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

“Thank you for being so professional..”

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

Annette P. Walls

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Annette P. Walls

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

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"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring.

Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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Dierdre P.

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring. Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

John Rodriguez

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John Rodriguez

"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

“I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me.”

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

Jennifer Kitz

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Jennifer Kitz

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

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"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."

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Salin Muhammed

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."
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