NEW CASE: Statutory Benefits for Firefighters With Cancer Do Not Apply Retroactively

A Florida appellate court ruled that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer before the effective date of Florida Statutes Section 112.1816 is not entitled to the benefits provided by the law, Weaver v. Volusia County, No. 5D21-1620, 10/21/2022.

Retired Volusia County firefighter's quest for retroactive cancer benefits  not over – WFTV

Kathleen Weaver was a trailblazer for more than 35 years, fighting fires and protecting astronauts in a specialized role at the Kennedy Space Center before becoming a deputy chief at Volusia County Fire Rescue, where she retired in 2012.

Five years after she retired in 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her diagnosis came two years before Florida Statutes Section 112.1816 became effective.

as a firefighter for three decades and rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Chief for Volusia County Fire Rescue.

Now, Weaver’s fight to be reimbursed retroactively for costs of her treatments, as well as a single $25,000 payout for the diagnosis, has been denied by the trial court judge and by the appeals court.

Her attorney said her fight for retroactive benefits under a 2019 Florida law could blaze a new path for hundreds of firefighters statewide, diagnosed with cancer before that statute went into place.“It is a very, very modest, small amount of money for somebody who’s diagnosed with occupational cancer, or occupational condition of any kind,” attorney Geoff Bichler said.

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“What it does not require is colorblindness or “post-racialism” or “racelessness” — if you are choosing not to see your child as Black, the message you are sending is that you value your child only if you strip away something that is integral to her identity, her existence and her sense of self. We will internalize that message, because you are our parents.”

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Hancock Law Firm is closed today in celebration of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to our heroic veterans who have served our nation with bravery, courage, and honor — and their families, whose supporting role in the lives of our servicemembers and veterans is so important.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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In 2019, the United States Senate passed a resolution designating October 28th as National First Responders Day to honor the men and women putting their lives on the line. We believe our first responders deserve to be honored every day. Thank you for all you do for our community!!Ps- it’s National chocolate day too! Two awesome reasons to celebrate!

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Contested Adoption & Litigation Strategies Conference

This hotel makes fraps and has beautiful sunrise views.

Excited to be here for Contested Adoption & Litigation Strategies and the Florida Adoption Council meetings for the rest of the week!

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Adoption Day! After 3,650+ days!

Happy Adoption Day to the sweetest clients!

They made official what has been in their hearts all along. Some things are really worth the wait.

After 3,650+ days of love, they share the same name.

We are honored to play a part in their family’s story.

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New Baby United with Adoptive Parents!

Another new family today! Adoption work is the best! ❤️❤️

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The firm that dives together thrives together, right? Congratulations to our Paralegal, Cammi, on earning her scuba certification! Check out our Who We Are page to learn more about our awesome paralegal and the rest of our team members.

Happy Birthday to Attorney Hancock!

Help us wish our founding attorney, Autumn N. Hancock, a Happy Birthday!

She is a diligent and dedicated Attorney, Mediator, Guardian ad Litem.

She is a hard working advocate and we are so glad she’s on our team.

Happy Birthday, Autumn!

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Contested Adoption Trial Update: WE WON!


As many of our followers and clients know, Autumn spent the past 6 weeks deep into trial preparations and spent the end of August in trial on a very contested termination of parental rights and adoption case.

Today we receive the ruling and… WE WON!!

Our clients won the final adoption of their son and daughter, who they’ve raised for nearly 6 years (about 85% of their lives), and the biological father’s parental rights are terminated.

Autumn worked tirelessly on this case – 18+ hour days – late nights and early mornings. She believes that these children are in the right place.

To say this was a huge win is an understatement – and the best result for these 2 kiddos!

It has been an honor to play a role in this formal creation of this beautiful family!

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