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Firefighter Proves Entitlement to Benefits for Lung Cancer

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 386 | 0 | 13 min read

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that a firefighter carried his burden of proving that he developed a compensable occupational disease in the form of lung cancer. Case: Deloatch v. WCAB (City of Philadelphia), No. 1684 C.D. 2018, 01/03/2010, published. Facts: Wayne Deloatch worked as a firefighter for the City of Philadelphia from 1988 until 2008. In 2011, doctors diagnosed Deloatch with lung cancer. Procedural history: Deloatch filed a workers’ compensation claim, asserting his cancer had been caused by exposure to known carcinogens while working as a firefighter. A...

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