‘If It Wasn’t For The Testing, I’d Be Dead,’ Firefighters Struggle With Workers’ Comp

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (WLOS) — For two decades, North Carolina firefighters have been denied occupational cancer benefits. Essentially, they have to die before their families get financial help with medical bills. That changed with a pilot cancer benefits program that began in 2022, but still some claims are denied.

Attorneys looking into the issue think a recent World Health Organization finding should encourage firefighters to keep fighting for benefits.

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