heart attack workers comp claims

Heart attacks and strokes that occur on the job can be the basis of workers compensation claims in Georgia.  Normally for heart attacks and strokes to be accepted claims they must occur while the worker is physically exerting himself or herself at work.  Valid workers compensation claims allow the injured worker to receive income benefits, medical treatment, permanent partial disability benefits, and even a lump sum settlement.

Heart attacks that are compensable workers comp claims normally are from acute myocardial infarction (an acute heart attack) rather than from a angina pectoris (chest paid due to a reduction of oxygen to the heart).  Defense attorneys will often argue that the heart attack should not be covered because the heart attack was the result of a pre-existing atherosclerotic heart disease.  The attorneys for the claimant will seek medical evidence to establish that the heart attack was the result of the physically demanding aspects of the job at the time the heart attack occurred.

Risk Factors For Heart Attacks or Strokes Not Related to Work:  There are many risk factors that can cause someone to be at a great risk of heart attacks.  These include smoking, being overweight, having high cholesterol, having high blood pressure, eating a unhealthy diet, having diabetes, or having a history of coronary artery disease, age and other factors.  The factors that create a higher risk of stroke are similar and include smoking, being overweight, having high blood pressure, having heart disease, having diabetes, having a family history of strokes, excessive alcohol use, improper diet, or age.

Job Related Risk Factors for Heart Attacks or Strokes:  The factors that are related to an employee’s job that can put them at a greater risk of heart attack or stroke include heavy lifting, physically demanding work (such as warehouse work, construction work, factory work, etc.), excessive heat, excessive cold, excessive wind, as well as mental and emotional stress.

Death Benefits Workers Comp Claims:  Attorney Richard Griffin of the Griffin Law Firm and his Pain Law attorneys have the expertise to handle worker’s compensation claims involving heart attacks, strokes, or even death.  Death benefits arise if the employee dies as a result of the on-the-job accident, or if the compensable injury “triggered, activated, or aggravated a disease or dormant condition that contributed to the employee’s death.

Call the Griffin Law Firm today at 877-PAIN-LAW (877-724-6529) so we can talk to you about your workers compensation claim.  The information is free and can be very helpful as you face many difficult decisions involving your workers compensation claim.  You can also submit your case to us at:    [Free Worker’s Comp Claim Evaluation]