Insurance company -- won.
A valley firefighter becomes the first-- kidney-- cancer survivor to win a claim-- against an insurance company in the state of texas.
Channel 5's....carolina cruz spoke to the firefighter about the precendent this sets...moving forward.
First in state to win a kidney cancer worker's compensation claim- but also the first firefighter in the valley to win any sort of cancer claim case.
The insurance carrier argued lt.
Homer salinas didn't develop cancer on the job.
A judge ruled otherwise.
For more than a decade, city of mission firefighter, homer salinas, responded to hundreds of calls.
Regularl exposure to heat, smoke, and carcinogens came with the job.
A year ago- stomach pains landed him in the er... a ct scan revealed a 3cm mass on his left kidney..
17th of this month will be a year since i got diagnosed, a day or two after that i went to the city the health complication was half the battle.
The city's insurance company, the texas municipal league, denied his workers compensation benefits.
He fought it- and won.
This is a great victory not only for me, but for all firefighters over texas the administrative law judge for the state insurance division for worker's compensation, order the city of mission's insurer pay all benefits withheld.
They sided with lt.
Salinas stating he developed cancer because of exposure to toxins on the job.
Just having this ruling sets precedent throughout the state lt.
Salinas says battling cancer and mounting bills is hard enough.
He doesn't want potential future firefighter's who develop "on the job cancer" to go through the same legal fight.
It's going to help career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, emt, and the public and private sectors that 607 protects, so this is a great victory an appeal is still possible.
And i'm going to keep fighting until it's right the city's insurer has to file that notice before the end of the month.
The city of mission is still under contract with the texas municipal league.
Salinas is in remission.
And continues check ups every few months.
Reporting live from subcontrol, carolina cruz, channel five news at 6.