What is the Firefighter PFAS Injury Compensation Act of 2024?

The Firefighter PFAS Injury Compensation Act of 2024, Senate Bill 4013 aims to compensate firefighters suffering from various health problems caused by PFAS exposure while on duty. This program will also provide compensation to firefighters who lost their lives due to PFAS exposure.

Overview of the PFAS Injury Compensation Act of 2024

Firefighters have been experiencing the effects of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, an ingredient used to create multi-layered coats and pants for firefighters, and the main ingredient in AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam), used to suppress class B fires. The PFAS compound is linked to various health problems, including different types of cancer.

With numerous initiatives, the Senate has now put an end to this turmoil. Under the program, firefighters who served two years or more and can supplement proof of injury are eligible to file a claim and support. In death-related cases, one heir or dependents of the deceased firefighter would be eligible to submit a claim.

The main stipulations of the PFAS Injury Compensation Act of 2024

Firefighters who intend to apply should know:

  • Claim Submission: They need to submit the claim form provided by the Secretary. It should state information about their health condition coming from PFAS exposure (e.g., proof of date of diagnosis, years in the service, and any circumstances that will support the case).
  • Claim review: The Secretary will review each claim to give out compensation based on years of service and the circumstances of the PFAS-related medical condition. Then, the Secretary must provide a claim determination, including an award amount no later than 120 days after claim submission.
  • Eligibility: The claimant should have a proven record as a firefighter in service for two or more years and has to suffer from a linkable health condition related to PFAS exposure. The linkable medical conditions are cancer of the kidney, testicles, prostate, bladder, pancreas, colon, breasts, liver, and ovaries. Also, conditions like thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and other conditions that the secretary approves.
  • Claim limitations: The firefighter can receive compensation for one cancerous condition and one non-cancerous condition. Each claimant can only submit one claim, but this claim can include various health conditions. Claimants are allowed to support their claims and add more health conditions.
  • Payments to eligible firefighters: The Secretary must compensate the claimants from the PFAS Trust Fund according to certain limitations. Claims must be paid no later than 20 days after award determination.
  • Time limitations: Eligible firefighters can submit a claim when the regulations become final. They have to submit their claim up to two years after the regulations are finalized or two years after the firefighter's death, if applicable.

Legal support for firefighters exposed to PFAS

If you are a firefighter who was exposed to PFAS on the job and you intend to file a claim for AFFF exposure Environmental Litigation Gropup's legal team is ready to assist you in submitting your claim. With over 35 years of experience in working with toxic exposure victims, we can take care of this on your behalf while you can focus on getting better.

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