Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes landmark labor ruling on cancer claims
October 18, 2018 – 12:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – A Philadelphia firefighter who is seeking
workers’ compensation after getting cancer has received a bit of help from
Pennsylvania’s highest court.
The case involving Scott Sladek dates back to 2012 and has made its way up
the legal chain of appeal to the state Supreme Court.
That panel has, in effect, put the burden on the Philadelphia Fire
Department to prove that the cancer Sladek now suffers from is not
“What the Supreme Court did was provide a more fair and more direct way for
firefighters to bring claims for cancer that will impact not just
firefighters but I think workers making occupational disease claims all
throughout Pennsylvania,” said Sladek’s attorney, Michael Dryden from the
firm Willig, Williams & Davidson.
Sladek, a 24-year veteran of the department, has been treated for melanoma.
The high court ruling settles the question of proving the claim, but his
case now goes back to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation board for
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