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FIRST RESPONDERS DUTY RELATED ILLNESS

Feb 11, 2009 - 9 comments
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DUTY RELATED



I WORKED FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA FOR CLOSE TO 15 YEARS AND WAS FORCED TO RETIRE BECAUSE I BECAME A LIABILITY WHEN I REPORTED THAT I TESTED POSTIIVE FOR A DUTY RELATED ILLNESS HEPATITIS C1A. I WAS ABANDONED. NEED HELP AND IN PUT. THANKS SAM

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by froghunter, Feb 19, 2009
TYPE 1A THE NONCUREABLE TYPE.

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by Trinity4, Feb 19, 2009
Type 1A IS cureable.  I don't understand that comment.  I'm type 1a and have been UND since wk 15?  Geno 1 is harder to clear than Geno 2 or 3 but it's certainly curable Sam.
Trinity

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by medicmommy, Feb 19, 2009
Hi Sam!
Trinity is correct. Type 1A is more stubborn with about a 40% response rate to standard of care treatments, but every day there are treatments that are working better...It is not uncurable, but it is quite expensive, and those who have to pay L&I (which you would/should have been covered by for long-term care and treatment) were probably ill-informed at the time...also, in 15 years, the treatments have come out of the dark ages and with each new one, are better tolerated by individuals, thus more effective...If you're up to a fight, I'd check into opening/ reopening the L&I claim. Not only will this pay for treatment if you choose to go through with it, but also if you ever become disabled from liver failure, you will qualify for disability (very difficult to get on, even harder when you feel like poo all of the time)...By the way, have you ever had a liver biopsy done? If not, it would give you a good picture of if/ how much damage the Hep C has done...if you are still in the early stages, the liver can repair itself enough to maintain normal function...Good luck, my friend...~Melinda

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by intofire, Feb 19, 2009
I'm in CA.  We have a presumption law in place for firefighters regarding HCV (it is a automatic Workers Claim) its in the agency's court to prove it not.  Contact an attorney (or your Union).  You can contact California Professional Firefigters @ 916.921.9111 or http://www.cpf.org/go/cpf/

Go Luck,

Intofire

Isn't this Discrimination!  I think you have a case for wrongful termination, the HCV on the job workers comp is base on your county or state laws I would think...check with other agencies in your region and state, I'm sure your not the only one





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by froghunter, Feb 19, 2009
I DO UNDER STAND ABOUT THE LIVER BIOPSY AND HAVE HAD ONE AND HAD TO GO THRU A CLINICAL TRIAL BECAUSE OF COST AND MY LIVER WAS STAGE4 AND MY AGE WAS 55 I HAVE CLEARED AT THIS POINT BUT THE PROBLEM IS NO ONE WHO IS A FIRST RESPONDER SHOULD HAVE TO BE TREATED LIKE A LAB RAT AFTER DEVOTING THEIR LIFE TO OTHERS TO HELP THE COMMUNITIES WE ALL LIVE IN. POLICIES MUST BE CHANGED. I HOPE AND PRAY MY PROBLEM WITH HEP C WILL NEVER RETURN AND I WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ALL INVOLVED WITH THE POSSIABILITY OF BEING EFFECTED BY A VIRAL ILLNESS. NOT JUST FIRST RESPONDERS IF LIFE HAS SHOWN ME ANWTHING IS THAT MOST EVERYONE DESERVES A CHANCE REGARDLES OF AYN BAD CHOICES THEY MAY HAVE MADE IN THE PAST. IT HURTS ALL OF US IF ONLY ONE OF US IS ABANDONED. (THANKS SAM)

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by froghunter, Feb 19, 2009
COST IS SOMETHING ANY ONE EVEN ON CO PAY THAT WORKS FOR A LIVING. IT IS HARD TO MAKE ENDS MEAT.

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by IMstacie, Feb 19, 2009
Sam, you said you were forced to "retire" correct?  So, you are getting retirement benefits?

Also, favor - would you turn your caps lock off?  It's hard to read a post in all caps.

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by IAmTheWalrus, Feb 21, 2009
I am sorry to hear about your abandonment. Your employer should bear the cost of treatment as a Workmen's Comp injury, I should think.

Speaking of treatment, type 1A is treatable and cureable, but is much more difficult than the other common genotypes.

Good luck to you!

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by Mary4now, Jul 30, 2009
I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.  I too am genotype 1, and hoping to go into treatment. (scary)
Its very interesting being on this side of the population.  I've been pretty luck these 60 years and have always thought that we are a very discriminating species, sometimes to our detriment.  No one should be discriminated against, in a Utopian world we would care about each other as much or more than we care about ourselves, I guess this disease is making me a more compassionate person, thats the only upside to this at all.  Good luck to you, and cultivate the happiness that not dependant on any thing outside your self.
M4now

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