While the workers' compensation laws in many states automatically presume cancer to be an occupational risk for firefighters, sadly Connecticut laws do not. In fact, Connecticut firefighters may not even be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they develop cancer after exposure to hazardous substances and carcinogens while fighting fires. Even worse, families of firefighters who die of cancer may not be able to collect benefits either.
The prediction business is not an easy one. That's why Las Vegas casino owners seem to stick around awhile. In the workers' compensation arena, it can be difficult to guess what is in store with respect to appellate decisions involving the substantive law or with pending legislation affecting the rights of injured workers. Despite not having a crystal ball, I took a shot at predicting what could be in store for the Commission as well as the Workers' Compensation Act in my recent Chair Column in the Compensation Quarterly.