Category / Topic Archives: Police and Firefighters


2015 Changes to Nevada Police/Firefighter Heart and Lung Laws
By admin on July 24, 2015

The 2015 legislative session made a major change in SB 153 to the heart and lung statutes regarding the application of a conclusive presumption of compensability. A conclusive presumption means that the ill police officer or firefighter does not have to prove that an occupational exposure caused a disabling heart or lung disease. It also … Continue reading 2015 Changes to Nevada Police/Firefighter Heart and Lung Laws

Cancer in Nevada Firefighters
By admin on May 20, 2015

Fire fighters have a law entitling them to workers’ compensation benefits under a law written especially for fire fighters.  NRS 617.453 provides for a rebuttable presumption that a cancer is work-related for fire fighters with 5 years or more of full-time, continuous employment if the   person was exposed to a known carcinogen and the carcinogen is … Continue reading Cancer in Nevada Firefighters

Nevada Fire Fighters Have Special Work Comp Laws
By admin on September 29, 2014

Special Work Comp Laws Applicable to Fire Fighters A. Contagious diseases Exposure to contagious diseases while providing medical care at work is considered an injury by accident. NRS 616A.265 (2); testing and lifetime benefits for tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV are covered in detail for fire fighters. B. Cancer There is a rebuttable presumption of compensability … Continue reading Nevada Fire Fighters Have Special Work Comp Laws


Occupational Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of Police Officers
By admin on July 2, 2014

Recently, I wrote a blog post about PTSD in which I discussed the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in the McGrath case, involving a police officer whose stress claim was denied because she claimed that a series of events over 18 months in her work as a traffic  police officer, as opposed to one specific dangerous … Continue reading Occupational Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of Police Officers

Prevent a Denied Heart Claim
By admin on July 2, 2014

 Heart Disease:  Prevention Is Key to Avoiding a Denied Claim For Fire Fighters and Police Officers      Given the number of people affected by heart disease each year, it is a tremendous benefit that fire fighters and police officers in Nevada have workers’ compensation coverage for heart disease.  Other employees do not have this coverage, … Continue reading Prevent a Denied Heart Claim

Hearing Loss in Nevada FIre Fighters
By admin on January 24, 2014

 A recent article published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine that studied 425 fire fighters from three states showed that more than 40% of the fire fighters had hearing loss in the noise-sensitive frequencies (4 and 6 kHz).  Fire fighters with longer years in fire services demonstrated significantly worse hearing.  The conclusion was … Continue reading Hearing Loss in Nevada FIre Fighters


Favorable Firefighter Decision from Nevada Court
By admin on May 19, 2013

In City of Las Vegas v. Evans, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 31 (05/03/2013), the Nevada Supreme Court held that a firefighter who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor had a compensable claim based upon an appeals officers’ ruling that expert physicians established a direct causal connection between the cancer and the firefighter’s exposure to … Continue reading Favorable Firefighter Decision from Nevada Court

Firefighters Have Higher Incidence of Cancers
By admin on December 21, 2012

A recent study published by the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) this month discusses more scientific evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship between specific cancers and firefighters’ exposure during firefighting activities.

Police and Fire Fighters Have Extra Benefits
By admin on October 29, 2012

In Nevada, police officers and fire fighters have additional workers’ compensation coverage and benefits for some injuries and illnesses that Nevada employees of  other occupations do not have.  The laws that are unique to police officers and/or fire fighters are amended frequently when the Nevada legislature meets every two years.  It is therefore important to check … Continue reading Police and Fire Fighters Have Extra Benefits


Police and Fire Fighters: Quick Guide to Filing a Claim
By admin on October 28, 2012

Injuries by accident and Occupational Diseases 1. Notify immediate supervisor and complete written notice even if you don’t need medical care.  If there is any possibility of you needing medical care in the future, it is essential that you promptly notified your employer.  The law (NRS 616C.015) says the injured worker has 7 days to … Continue reading Police and Fire Fighters: Quick Guide to Filing a Claim


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