SPECIAL PRESUMPTIONS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

by Jeannene L. Lafarga (July 22, 2016)

Not all injured workers are treated equally. Certain employees who risk their lives and health for the public are entitled to presumptions of work-related injury with respect to enumerated medical conditions (Labor Code section 3212, et seq.).

Who qualifies?

Presumptions apply to most employees in active law enforcement and firefighting. Among them are police officers, sheriff, firefighters, CHP, District Attorney inspectors and investigators, peace officers and other law enforcement workers. However, if the employee’s principal duties are clerical or do not clearly fall within the scope of active law enforcement, the presumptions do not apply.