Presumptive Disability Law in New Hampshire

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CODE PART:
New Hampshire Statutes
TITLE XXIII: LABOR
CHAPTER 281-A: WORKERS' COMPENSATION
281-A:17 fire fighter and Heart, Lung, or Cancer Disease.
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DESCRIPTION:
281-A:17
fire fighter and Heart, Lung, or Cancer Disease.
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 281-A:2, XI and XIII, 16 and 27, there shall exist a prima facie presumption that heart or lung disease in a regular, call, volunteer or retired member of a fire department is occupationally related. However:
    1. A call or volunteer fire fighter shall have the benefit of this prima facie presumption only if there is on record reasonable medical evidence that such fire fighter was free of such disease at the beginning of his or her employment. It shall be the duty of the employer of a call or volunteer fire fighter to provide that reasonable medical evidence. If the employer fails to do so, the call or volunteer fire fighter shall have the benefit of the prima facie presumption regardless of the absence of the reasonable medical evidence.
    2. A retired fire fighter who agrees to submit to any physical examination requested by his city, town, or precinct shall have the benefit of the prima facie presumption only during the period of time of 5 years from the effective date of such fire fighter's retirement.
    3. The benefits of RSA 281-A:17, I shall not continue in effect beyond one month after a call, volunteer or permanent fire fighter reaches his or her sixty-fifth birthday.
  2. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 281-A:2, XI and XIII, 16 and 27, there shall exist a prima facie presumption that cancer disease in a fire fighter, whether a regular, call, volunteer, or retired member of a fire department, is occupationally related. In order to receive this occupational cancer disability benefit, the type of cancer involved must be a type which may be caused by exposure to heat, radiation, or a known or suspected carcinogen as defined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. However:
    1. A call or volunteer fire fighter shall have the benefit of this prima facie presumption only if there is on record reasonable medical evidence that such fire fighter was free of such disease at the beginning of his or her employment. It shall be the duty of the employer of call or volunteer fire fighters to provide the required reasonable medical evidence. If the employer fails to do so, the call or volunteer fire fighter shall have the benefit of the prima facie presumption regardless of the absence of said reasonable medical evidence.
    2. A retired fire fighter who agrees to submit to any physical examination requested by his city, town, or precinct shall have the benefit of the prima facie presumption for a period of 20 years from the effective date of such fire fighter's retirement.