Bill expands public safety survivor death benefits

Governor Jerry Brown
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Updated: 5/13/2014 10:44 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of peace officers and firefighters will have more time to file for death benefits if they can show their spouse or partner fell victim to certain diseases while they were working.

A bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown nearly doubles the time period for survivors to file a workers' compensation claim from the time a public safety officer contracts one of four conditions that are presumed to be work-related. They are cancer, tuberculosis, blood-borne infectious diseases and a bacterial infection that resists many kinds of antibiotics.

The time limit now is 4.5 years but goes to eight years under AB1035.

A study estimates it could affect about 20 people a year and cost local governments up to $5 million annually. Brown had vetoed two earlier attempts.

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