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Keeping Up with First Responder Presumption Laws

Posted by Jody Moses on May 4, 2020 at 10:39 PM

The legal definition of presumption law, how it is established in a variety of jurisdictions and the widening of the ‘first responder’ classifications amdist the COVID-19 pandemic are discussed during this podcast. 

As a result of the pandemic, there are now states considering legislation that will include COVID-19 in its presumption laws, as well as expanding the list of to whom these laws will apply as a first responder. These laws typically only apply to public sector personnel. However, as the pandemic continues, they will most likely extend into the private sector due to the wide variety of those that are now included in the first responder category.

Some main presumptions for first responders include: 

  • Cancer
  • Lung and Respiratory
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Heart and Vascular