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Valley Fever Covered By Heart-Lung Law

In 1997, Edward Gorre began working as a firefighter paramedic for the City of Tacoma, Washington. Prior to being hired, Gorre passed a demanding test of physical strength and stamina and a physical examination that included blood testing and x-rays. In 2007 he became a fire medic lieutenant. Over the course of his career as a firefighter and paramedic, Gorre responded to thousands of residential, commercial, industrial, and wild…

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Heart-Lung Presumption Applies To Diseases With No Known Cause

Since 1990, Scott Crane has worked as a firefighter for Snohomish County, Washington Fire District #1. On December 12, 2007, Crane awoke with chest pain. When the pain did not subside, Crane and his wife decided he should go to the emergency room. Doctors diagnosed him with bilateral pulmonary emboli. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that obstructs arteries in the lungs. Crane spent two days in the…

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Heart/Lung Presumption Can Be Limited By Passage Of Time

Patrick McKeown was a firefighter with the City of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. McKeown retired on July 16, 2000, but remained on the payroll until January 12, 2001. In 2006, McKeown was diagnosed with a heart condition – cardiomyopathy – which his physician believed was caused by exposure to a respiratory virus sometime in 2000. Under Washington’s “heart/lung statute,” certain cardiac and respiratory conditions suffered by firefighters are presumed to…

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Pennsylvania’s Heart And Lung Act Does Not Apply To Volunteer Firefighters

A Pennsylvania statute known as the Heart and Lung Act calls for the continuation of full salary and benefits when members of fire departments and law enforcement agencies are injured while in the line of duty. When Joseph Soppick, a volunteer firefighter for the George Clay Fire Company, was injured in the line of duty, he sought not only benefits under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act, but also under the…

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Heart-Lung Claim Subject To Arbitration

Robert Shaw was employed as a patrol officer by the Township of Aston, Pennsylvania. Shaw was injured on Christmas Eve, 2001, while on the job. As a result of his temporary injuries, Shaw was eligible for and received benefits pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Heart and Lung Act, a workers’ compensation-type statute that provides for special benefits for law enforcement officers and firefighters. Shaw was also awarded workers’ compensation benefits. In…

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