New Study Links Firefighter Job Duties and Risk Factors to Cardiac Disease
Florida’s First Responder presumption under the Heart and Lung Act can be overcome by clear and convincing evidence of other “causes”. Many Florida muncipalities defend First Responder workers’ compensation claims by arguing that personal risk factors, such as a family history of cardiac problems or hihg cholestral, are the cause of the carcdiac condition and not the employment.
A new study, reported in Fire Rescue 1, found that job duties and environment are a leading factor in early firefighter deaths.
This study will help provide the necessary medical evidence to support Florida firerighter first responder claims.
If you have any questions about your rights to Florida workers’ compensation benefits under the Heart and Lung Act, call Nancy Cavey at 727-894-3188.