Workers’ compensation is a system designed to serve the dual purpose of compensating employees who have been injured on the job, while avoiding costly and time-consuming litigation. Under a workers’ comp system, employees agree not to sue their employers in tort for any injuries the employee may suffer. In exchange, the employer is required to adequately compensate the employee based on the nature and extent of the injury. Workers’ compensation differs from state to state and even from profession to profession. If you or a loved one has been injured at the workplace and need guidance on the relevant workers’ compensation laws, it would be wise to contact an expert workers’ compensation attorney at 617-787-3700.
Lawmakers in Montana are currently considering a bill that would expand workers’ compensation for firefighters. The bill would allow firefighters to receive compensation for chronic illnesses and conditions that they are more likely to catch by virtue of being a firefighter. Such conditions include several types of cardio-vascular diseases and cancers.
According to a member of the Montana Fireman’s Association, this legislation has been fought for by firefighters for 18 years. There are concerns, however, that expanding workers’ comp in this way will squeeze out smaller fire departments, forcing them to cut workers’ comp for volunteer firemen. The Association maintains that preserving workers’ compensation for volunteers comes before expanding it to include chronic illnesses.
If you or a loved one has been injured while at work, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert workers’ compensation attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston lawyer professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!