Legislation that will give workers compensation for certain occupational cancers for firefighters or emergency medical technicians in Texas is now awaiting the signature of Greg Greg Abbott.
On Monday, Texas House and Senate signed the biphasic S.B. 2551, which states that a firefighter or emergency medical technician suffering from cancer leading to death or disability is believed to have developed it within the scope or scope of employment if the individual responds to the scenes involving the documented transmission of radiation or known or suspected carcinogens. The bill said that cancers that are believed to be occupational include cancers derived from stomach, colon, rectum, skin, prostate, testes or brains, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, malignant melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. The bill passed the Senate in early May with a 30-1
In addition to the cancer claim, the bill also stipulates that self-sufficient can establish a pool for disbursement of death benefits to the first respondents with compensation claims. If the bill is signed by the governor, it will come into force immediately.