From the Las Vegas Sun: The Nevada Supreme Court has decided that a Las Vegas firefighter's breast cancer is work-related.
Robin Lawson began her employment in 1992 and was first treated for breast cancer in 1997, then had treatment for eight or nine months. The cancer returned in December 2004, and her oncologist said he believed the cancer was due to her job.
Lawson then filed for worker's compensation benefits, but the city of Las Vegas initially denied her claims. Lawyers for the city told the court earlier this year in oral arguments there was no denial of treatment and the benefits have since been paid, but the appeal was still carried to the Supreme Court.
The court, in a decision written by Justice James Hardesty, said evidence supports the finding that Lawson was exposed to the known carcinogen benzene, which is “reasonably associated with her breast cancer.” Read the entire article here.