The Spread of Occupational Cancer Claims- Why Cancer is Going to be the New Fibromyalgia

Clifford Goldstein

CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN - After graduating Temple University and its law school summa cum laude, Clifford Goldstein served as an Assistant District Attorney under Ed Rendell in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Goldstein joined the firm of Rawle & Henderson in 1985, and became the Partner in charge of the Workers’ Compensation Unit in 1990. He was a founding partner of the law firm Weber Goldstein Greenberg & Gallagher, LLP...

By Cliff Goldstein, Esquire, The Chartwell Law Offices
Workers’ compensation claims often come in bunches – filed in response to the latest fads in pseudo-medicine.  In the 1970’s, stress-related claims for ulcers and psychological injury were in vogue.  In the 1980’s the disease de jour was Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.  The 1990’s ushered in the era of Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.   The turn of the century was accompanied by prescription opiate abuse, and particularly, the human and financial devastation wrought by Oxycodone.   Every indication now points to "occupational cancer” as the next wave of comp claims likely to pummel employers and their insurance carriers.
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Cliff Goldstein is a Senior Litigator at The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP.  Mr. Goldstein has litigated more than 100 occupational cancer cases for cities, municipalities, insurance carriers and self-insured employers.  Mr. Goldstein can be reached at  This article may not be reproduced or redistributed without the author’s written permission.  This article does not constitute legal advice and does not create or imply an attorney-client relationship.