Work-Related Heart Attacks And Workers’ Compensation
A heart attack strikes someone in the United States every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That’s roughly 790,000 people a year. While heart disease is by the far the leading cause of these incidents, work-related issues such as stress and overexertion are at the root of numerous heart attacks as well.
The Issue: Showing That A Heart Attack Was Worked-Related
The issue of whether an employee or his or her family can recover Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits for a heart attack at work can be a challenge. Insurance companies and employers are often successful in arguing that a worker’s heart attack was caused by outside factors, like poor diet, preexisting conditions, or heart disease. Because these cases can be quite difficult for employees, the assistance of a highly experienced workers’ comp lawyer is extremely important.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers at Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo have extensive experience handling workers’ compensation claims for work-related heart attacks on behalf of truck drivers, office workers, manual laborers, and other types of workers. If you are ready to file an initial claim against your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, you can rely on us for the powerful representation you deserve.
Proving That Your Job Required Heavy Exertion
In Pennsylvania, to qualify for workers’ compensation after a work-related heart attack, you must prove that the job required a significant level of exertion along with stress. Stress alone is not enough. That is a high standard to meet, which is why it takes a very skilled lawyer on your side to be successful.
What If You Cannot Work After A Heart Attack?
If you’ve suffered a disabling work-related heart attack, or if you have suffered a heart attack that is not work-related but prevents you from returning to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a government program providing financial support for disabled workers. As a worker, you’ve paid into the Social Security system for years; now it is available to help you.
Speak With Us About Your Work-Related Heart Attack
If you believe your heart attack was work-related, or if you have a loved one who passed away under such circumstances, please know that our attorneys will fight for you. It may not be an easy road to obtain compensation, but we’ll be by your side every step of the way.
To get started with a free case evaluation, please send us an email or give us a call at 800-952-9640. We have 12 offices throughout Pennsylvania, so we can help you wherever you are in the state. Put our 80-plus years of workers’ comp experience to work for you.