Austin Challenges Comp Benefits for Firefighter with Cancer

An Austin firefighter who was awarded job-related workers compensation benefits for cancer is now facing a court challenge by the city. Lieutenant Carrie Stewart was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She was awarded comp benefits initially, and that decision was upheld by a three judge panel from the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers’ Compensation.

The city is now challenging that decision by appealing it to court.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
x

Check Also

Jury Awards $4 Million to California Whistleblowing Fire Marshal

A deputy fire marshal who was fired in 2015 for what he alleges was whistleblowing has been awarded $4 million in damages. Jason Briley sued West Covina claiming he was fired from the fire department because he pointed out numerous fire code violations in city buildings,

Magistrate Determines Wrongful Death Suit Over Maine Drowning Should Be Dismissed

A federal magistrate has recommended that a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Bangor for the death of a man who drown earlier this year, be dismissed. Peter Manuel jumped into the Kenduskeag River while fleeing from Bangor police officers on March 2. Bangor firefighters responded and both police and firefighters tried to help him but he refused until he disappeared into the icy waters.