There has been an increasing awareness over the past few decades of harmful chemicals in the air, land, and water, and how those chemicals can cause health problems. For employees whose jobs take them into harm’s way, repeated exposure to chemicals can cause cancer and other severe health conditions. For firefighters in Ohio, the Michael Palumbo Act is meant to provide assurance that compensation will be available to firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer as a result of exposure to harmful environmental substances.
Michael Palumbo was a long-time firefighter in northeast Ohio. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, and died in 2017 as a result. Firefighters like Palumbo can be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals and carcinogens at any fire they respond to. The Michael Palumbo Act was written to make sure these firefighters and their families have access to existing pension programs to help cover medical and funeral expenses.
Unfortunately, even Michael Palumbo’s family has struggled to access the benefits they’re entitled to under the Palumbo Act. The cities where Palumbo served continue to reject benefit claims, or say that the claim is “under administrative review.”
Families like the Palumbos deserve justice, and access to the compensation that was created to help in cases just like theirs. If your loved one was diagnosed with cancer or another disease because of exposure to chemicals at work, I can help you and your family get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of your workplace conditions or your employment, you can take legal action. Call me to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim and getting the compensation you deserve.
Employees who work in public safety, industrial environments, construction, and other fields may be at an increased risk of exposure from cancer-causing substances. You may have heard of black lung, which affects coal miners as they inhale coal dust while doing their job. Black lung generally leads to mesothelioma, an aggressive kind of lung cancer. While safety equipment and preventative measures are mandated by law, some employees still contract deadly diseases.
All employees should be protected from cancer-causing chemicals while performing their job. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a terminal disease because of the chemicals you’re exposed to at work, you need to call me. I have more than 38 years of workers’ compensation legal experience, and as your lawyer, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call 877-944-4373 today.