By Stephanie Chavez, KRQE:
An Albuquerque firefighter recently diagnosed with breast cancer thought she’d be covered by workers’ comp, but she’s learning she doesn’t qualify because of a new state law.
For more than two decades, Laurianna Sargent has been fighting fires and saving lives. Now she’s fighting breast cancer.
Her insurance covers the medical costs and Sargent says she thought her workers’ comp would be covered under the New Mexico Presumptive Cause Bill because it can be presumed that the cancer is connected to the hazards of work. But that was not the case since there are stipulations for when firefighters can get workers’ comp for specific cancers.
“Mine was not covered, because I was not diagnosed before the age of forty,” said Sargent. She didn’t meet the age guidelines for breast cancer highlighted in the bill.
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