While firefighters expect to put their lives at risk for others in dangerous situations, Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Lawyers state that their jobs are having an unexpected impact on them. While a firefighter may appear completely uninjured after helping a family out of a house fire, it is very possible that they had been exposed to any number of carcinogens. Studies in recent years have shown the fires themselves are not the deadliest thing firefighters face. Many must pay an unexpected price for their actions in the form of a debilitating disease.
Firefighters Show a Higher Susceptibility for Cancer and Other Diseases
Recent studies have shown that firefighters have far higher rates of many different types of cancer compared to the general population. Data gathered from several studies shows that risks of digestive, oral, respiratory, testicular, and urinary cancers are all higher among firefighters. In addition, firefighters also suffer from multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma over 50 percent more frequently than the general population. Due to frequent exposure to asbestos, firefighters also show an increased risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
There are multiple reasons for these trends. One reason is due to the chemicals fires release. The variety of plastics and chemicals in modern homes release toxic chemicals into the air while burning. While firefighters do have protective gear, it is often insufficient to guard against such tiny particles. Furthermore, the strenuous lifestyle and erratic sleep schedule that a firefighter has is another potential reason for the rising rates of illness.
Different fire companies are trying new methods to curtail the rates of illness. Such measures include more in-depth training of healthy habits both on and off the job. Additionally, firefighters are giving more attention to the necessity of washing gear between firefighting jobs, which allows for less buildup of dangerous chemicals. While these methods may prove effective, the unfortunate fact remains that these diseases are still common among firefighters. Those suffering due to their selflessness deserve compensation.
Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Represent Emergency Responders
Anyone should feel safe when they are going to their workplace. If you are a firefighter suffering from an illness or injury due to work conditions, or any other worker who feels that they are owed compensation for an injury, the Bridgeton Workers' Compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC are the skillful lawyers who can help you win the compensation you deserve. From our offices in Milmay, we serve clients in Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County. Call us at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.