Presumptive Disability Law in New Brunswick

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CODE PART:
CHAPTER F-12.5
Firefighters’ Compensation Act
New Brunswick Legislative Website
DESCRIPTION:
ENTITLEMENT TO COMPENSATION OR BENEFITS

5(1)A firefighter or former firefighter or his or her dependants are entitled to compensation or benefits in accordance with this Act if
  1. the firefighter is disabled by or dies from a heart attack that occurs within 24 hours after attendance at an emergency response scene in his or her capacity as a firefighter, or
  2. the firefighter or former firefighter is disabled by or dies from a prescribed disease, and
    1. has served as a firefighter for a minimum period prescribed by regulation, and
    2. has been regularly exposed to the hazards of a fire scene in his or her capacity as a firefighter, other than a forest fire scene, throughout that period of service.


SCHEDULE A
Disease and ConditionsLength of Service
Primary site brain cancer10 years
Primary site bladder cancer15 years
Primary site colorectal cancer20 years
Primary site esophageal cancer25 years
A primary leukemia5 years
Primary site lung cancer in a person who has not
smoked cigarettes for a minimum of 10 years before the
initial diagnosis
15 years
Primary site kidney cancer20 years
A primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma20 years
Primary site testicular cancer20 years
Primary site ureter cancer15 years


7.1(1) The following definitions apply in this section.

"emergency response worker" means a firefighter, a paramedic or a police officer. (intervenant d’urgence)

"firefighter" means a firefighter as defined in the Firefighters’ Compensation Act. (pompier)

"“paramedic" means a person whose name is entered in the register kept pursuant to paragraph 10(1)(a) of An Act Respecting the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick. (travailleur paramédical)

"police officer" means a police officer as defined in the Police Act.(agent de police)

"post-traumatic stress disorder" means post-traumatic stress disorder as that condition is described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. (etat de stress post-traumatique)

"psychiatrist" means a psychiatrist as defined in the Mental Health Act.(psychiatre)

"psychologist" means an individual who is a member of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick and holds a licence issued under The College of Psychologists Act or an individual who is practising as a psychologist outside New Brunswick who is recognized as a psychologist by the licensing body of the jurisdiction in which that person practises.(psychologue)

7.1(2) Subject to this section, if an emergency response worker is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a psychiatrist or psychologist, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is shown, that the post-traumatic stress disorder arose out of and in the course of the worker’s employment in response to a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events to which the worker was exposed in carrying out the worker’s duties as an emergency response worker.

7.1(3) A worker is entitled to be paid compensation under this Act if
  1. the worker
    1. is an emergency response worker or was an emergency response worker on or after the day this section comes into force, and
    2. is or was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a psychiatrist or psychologist; and
  2. for the worker who
    1. is an emergency response worker at the time the worker claims compensation under this Act, the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder was made by a psychiatrist or psychologist on or after the day this section comes into force, or
    2. ceases to be an emergency response worker on or after a day this section comes into force, the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder was made by a psychiatrist or psychologist no later than 24 months after the day on which the worker ceases to be an emergency response worker.


7.1(4) An emergency response worker who is entitled to benefits under this Act for post-traumatic stress disorder is entitled to receive treatment by a psychiatrist or psychologist who is familiar with the research concerning treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.