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A Thorough Explanation Of The ‘Cancer Presumption’

Many states have enacted laws that create a presumption that a public safety officer’s cancer (among other things) is presumed to be caused by the job. In a case involving the widow of Littleton, Colorado firefighter Jeffrey Christ, who succumbed to brain cancer, the Colorado Court of Appeals explained at length the rationale behind “presumptive causation” statutes. The Court began by examining traditional workers’ compensation law on whether an…

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