Robin Lawson of Las Vegas, Nevada was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago. After eight years of remission, her cancer returned. This time, her doctor informed her that he believed her cancer was a result of her job as a firefighter. She submitted a notice of injury to the city that same day in order to seek compensation for her breast cancer. The city attempted to deny her claim, stating that she did not provide them with a timely notice nor did she demonstrate that the cancer was a result of her employment as a city firefighter. But the Nevada Supreme Court declared that Lawson was entitled to compensation because she informed the city on the same day she was made aware that there was a connection between her cancer and her job. As a firefighter, Lawson was exposed to benzene, a known human carcinogen; expert testimony linking benzene to breast cancer was enough to convince the court that her cancer was work-related.
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