Recent Addition to the Maine Workers’ Compensation Firefighters’ Presumption

Did you know Governor Mills signed LD 213 into law this week?

LD 213 added female reproductive cancers to the existing firefighters’ presumption in Maine. The existing firefighters’ presumption states if a firefighter meets requirements involving medical tests, length of service, and signed a written affidavit declaring that, to the best of their knowledge the diagnosed cancer is not prevalent among certain blood-related family members, there is a rebuttable presumption that they contracted cancer in the course of employment.

As a result, sufficient notice of the cancer was given. The disease was not occasioned by any willful act of the firefighter to cause the disease. The list of female reproductive cancers is now included in the definition of cancer in the Act. It joins kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, colon cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, bladder cancer, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and breast cancer. For more information about how this new development might affect you as an employer or insurer, please call one of our attorneys at Tucker Law Group today.

Share this post: