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ANOTHER IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND EMT'S

Haxel Law secured another important victory for firefighter health this week.

A few months after winning a trial for a retired Springfield firefighter, Haxel Law has just successfully represented a current Springfield firefighter in another trial, this one awarding workers' compensation benefits for cancer. Just as in the prior hearing loss case, the most recent trial resulted in a finding that the firefighter's job was presumed to be a cause of his cancer. This ruling may make it easier for firefighters, paramedics and EMTs to obtain workers' compensation benefits for developing cancer.

More and more research points to an association between these first-responder jobs and developing several types of cancer. The law presumes that if an EMT, paramedic or firefighter has worked in that job for five or more years cancer, hernias, heart disease, any disease caused by a blood-borne pathogen, as well as some other illnesses, are related to their job duties.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from one of these medical conditions, call Haxel Law to discuss your rights and let us assist you in obtaining benefits that the law provides. It never hurts to ask. Call for a free consultation.

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ATTENTION: FIREFIGHTERS, PARAMEDICS AND EMTs

Haxel Law secured an important victory for firefighter health this week.

Firefighters, paramedics and EMTs frequently suffer from hearing loss for obvious reasons. Insurance companies often try to deny hearing-related workers' compensation claims and proving entitlement to benefits can be very difficult.

In Sangamon County this week, attorney Martin Haxel won a worker's compensation trial on behalf of a Springfield firefighter who suffered hearing loss after more than 20 years on the job. This ruling could make it easier for firefighters across the state to receive compensation for their work-related hearing damage in a courtroom trial or during settlement negotiations.

This decision may be precedent-setting because it analyzes a change in Illinois law. Firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs, who have worked for five or more years, and who suffer from hearing loss, cancer, hernias, heart disease, any disease caused by blood-borne pathogens and some other illnesses, are presumed to be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

If you know a firefighter, paramedic or EMT who has suffered from one of these medical conditions, have them call Haxel Law at 217-544-6275 for a free consultation. It never hurts to find out if you could be entitled to benefits.

Haxel Law Nominated

Haxel Law is honored to be nominated as one of nine New and Emerging Small Business Owners of the Year by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the 33rd Annual Small Business Owner Awards’ popular and prestigious event is to honor people whose ingenuity, hard work and innovation have created and promoted a successful and growing business in the Springfield area. This year’s Awards Banquet was held  Tuesday, June 19 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees.

Haxel Law Small Business Awards

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