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Heart and Lung Act or Heart and Lung Bill in Chicago

In order to provide additional protection for public safety workers’, such as firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, states have enacted new legislation or amended existing workers’ comp legislation in order to make it easier for public safety workers’ to receive benefits under specific diseases. In particular are heart and lung conditions. Frequently, this is known in each state as the Heart and Lung Act or Heart and Lung bill. The details vary from state to state.

Aurora Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

In Illinois, this was reflected in an amendment known as the Firefighter’s Protection Amendment to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Diseases Act. The Act provides a rebuttable presumption for firefighters, EMTs and paramedics to obtain workers’ compensation due to certain diseases. The skilled Chicago Heart and Lung Act attorneys at

Woodruff Johnson & Palermo are ready to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. As a public safety worker, you put your safety on the line for the greater good of your community. Our firm believes in returning this selfless act by providing exceptional and quality workers’ compensation representation.  Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Firefighter’s Protection Amendment to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Diseases Act

The Firefighter’s Protection Amendment was proposed under House Bill 928 in 2007. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act had already gone through significant changes, but the response was positive. Both the Illinois House and Senate passed the amendment without debate. On August 22, 2007, the governor signed the legislation into law.

The Firefighter’s Protection Amendment can be found under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act under Section 6(f) and the Occupational Diseases Act under Section 1(d):

“Any condition or impairment of health of an employee employed as a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), or paramedic which results directly or indirectly from any blood-borne pathogen, lung or respiratory disease or condition, heart or vascular disease or condition, hypertension, tuberculosis, or cancer resulting in any disability (temporary, permanent, total or partial) to the employee shall be rebuttably presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employee’s firefighting, EMT, or paramedic employment and, further, shall be rebuttably presumed to be causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the employment.”

Essentially, firefighters, EMTS and paramedics are given a rebuttable presumption (it is presumed) that their heart or lung-related condition was connected to their employment. This makes it easier to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. We can assist you with your public safety worker injury claim.

Contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Woodruff Johnson & Palermo

We have successfully obtained benefits for public safety workers’ and their families across the state of Illinois.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Aurora, Champaign and on N. LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago. Call us toll free at 866-891-9211 to schedule an appointment.

Chicago Office

203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-980-3424
Chicago Law Office

Aurora Office

4234 Meridian Parkway, Suite 134
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 630-585-2320
Aurora Law Office

Champaign Office

301 N. Neil Street, Suite 400
Champaign, IL, 61820
Phone: 217-305-6084
Champaign Law Office