Ohio Firefighter Cancer Claims
Are you or a loved one a firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer?
Ohio law recently changed to make it easier for firefighters who have cancer to receive benefits from the state’s insurance fund for injured workers.
As of Sept. 29, an Ohio law honoring a local hero has been expanded to allow firefighters diagnosed with cancer to collect compensation for working wage loss.
Are you protected?
The law protects both paid and volunteer firefighters assigned to at least six years of hazardous duty in the event of temporary total disability, working wage loss, permanent total disability or death caused by cancer.
The law applies to disability benefit applications and workers’ compensation claims filed on or after April 6, 2017.
Were you or a loved one diagnosed with cancer after working as a firefighter? Call 866-468-8013 or fill out the contact form to find out if you may be eligible for compensation.
About Michael L. Palumbo Jr.
The act is named for the late Michael L. Palumbo Jr., who lost his battle with brain cancer in May. Palumbo built his career as a firefighter over nearly 25 years, serving as fire captain with Willowick Fire Department, a SWAT medic, a member of hazmat team, honor guard and fire captain with Beachwood Fire Department.
Palumbo testified before the Senate about his 22-month battle with the disease and fought to have the bill passed to benefit others in similar situations. Palumbo and his family were present as Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed S.B. 27 into law just four months before he lost his fight with cancer.