Stroke And Workers’ Compensation In Pennsylvania
According to the American Stroke Association, a stroke occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds. Additionally, strokes are the number 5 cause of death in the country. While not incredibly common, strokes do occur on the job because of work-related factors. Job stress, overexertion, heat, and labor-intensive work activities can contribute to a worker suffering a stroke on the job.
At Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, we are familiar with the challenges workers and their families face after a work-related stroke. Our Pennsylvania attorneys are experienced in these cases and will fight to obtain full and fair compensation for you.
If you or someone you love suffered a stroke at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers are here to help.
As explained by the National Stroke Association, a stroke occurs when:
“… blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.”
These unpredictable events can strike anyone and any time, and they often cause permanent neurological damage.
Risk Factors For Stroke Or Silent Stroke
In some cases, a worker suffers a stroke somewhere other than the workplace. Some people suffer from “silent strokes,” which damage the brain but show no external symptoms. However, a silent stroke can put you at increased risk for major stroke in the future.
Other risk factors for stroke include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Smoking or prolonged exposure to smoke
- Old age
- High cholesterol
- Atrial fibrillation
Many factors can contribute to a stroke. Stress, strain, and/or overexertion at work might contribute, but there must be evidence. The location and the severity of the stroke along with early medical response also play a role in how damaging the stroke will be.
Help For The Permanently Disabled After A Stroke
Because strokes are so devastating, workers who suffer them are frequently unable to return to work. That jeopardizes their financial stability.
Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo handles Social Security Disability (SSD) claims for clients who can’t go back to work. We understand the system and how to navigate it to recover the compensation our disable clients deserve. It’s important to understand that SSD and workers’ compensation are two separate avenues for benefits. In other words, it may be possible to obtain benefits from both systems. However, doing so is not easy, and requires the help of a legal team that is dedicated to pursuing all forms of recovery for clients. That’s exactly the kind of team we have here.
Pennsylvania Attorneys Dedicated To Injured Workers
Our workers’ compensation attorneys are experienced advocates for the rights and interests of injured workers. Since 1936, our law firm has handled tens of thousands of workers’ compensation cases throughout Pennsylvania.
We know the challenges of recovering workers’ compensation benefits related to stroke injury. Insurance companies frequently argue that the stroke was not the result of work activity in an effort to avoid paying benefits or to reduce the amount they must pay. We are prepared to take on difficult cases, including those involving work-related strokes.
Our experience speaks for itself, as do the more than 150 positive Google reviews past clients have shared online.
Discuss Your Work-Related Stroke In A Free Initial Consultation
Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo offers a free initial consultation so you and your family can understand what lies ahead after a work-related stroke. To schedule yours, call 800-952-9640 or send us an email. We have 12 offices throughout the state, so we’re never far away. We can visit you at your home if your condition prevents you from making a trip to our office.
If you choose us to represent you, you will not owe us any attorney’s fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation or stopping an insurance company from discontinuing of altering your benefits.