Workers’ Compensation for Work-Related Heart Attack or Stroke
Serving Clients Throughout Pennsylvania for More Than 40 Years
A lot of people believe that strokes and heart attacks are always a direct result of something the victim did: too much high-fat food, too many cigarettes, too little exercise. These factors can certainly lead to a heart attack or stroke, but one of the leading causes is stress. If your job is stressful, or requires you to overexert yourself, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have a stroke or a heart attack on the job. At Larry Pitt & Associates, our skilled team of Philadelphia-based lawyers has helped countless people throughout Pennsylvania after they suffered a work-related injury. You do have options; let us work with you to find the best option for you and your family.
The Reasons for Work-Place Heart Attacks
Overexertion beat out falls as the leading cause of injuries as of April of 2015. Sprains, strains and tears are the most common effect, but stress-related heart attacks are not far behind. Aside from overexertion, you might also suffer a heart attack as the result of:
- Electric shocks
- Exposure to certain toxic substances
- Mental, emotional or psychological abuse
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Physical trauma resulting in pain or blood loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Whether your heart attack was brought on by physical stress or mental stress, there are options available to you to help you on your path to recovery.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation After a Stroke
The American Heart Association lists heart disease as the number one killer of Pennsylvania residents, but stroke is number three. A stroke affects your brain by blocking the flow of blood (and therefore oxygen) to your brain (ischemic); it can also occur when an artery in your brain begins to leak (hemorrhagic). Because not all strokes show immediate symptoms, you may not know you have had one – until another, stronger and potentially more deadly stroke hits you.
Certain outside factors – high blood pressure, medical conditions like diabetes, your age – can make you more likely to suffer a stroke, but work-related stress can also lead to one. That stress can be physical or mental. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation if you suffer a stroke on the job, but you want a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer to help you gather the evidence and documentation you need to prove it. The attorneys of Larry Pitt & Associates will work with your doctors to help document your injury, and to ensure that your application for benefits is filled out quickly and accurately the first time.
Whether you suffered a stroke or a heart attack, you may be facing a long recovery period. For some workers, the severity of the incident may make it impossible to ever return to work. If this has happened to you or your loved one, we can help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. We make sure you and your loved ones are protected, now and in the future.
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help You if Your Stroke or Heart Attack Was Work-Related
For the last 40 years, workers in and around Philadelphia have trusted Larry Pitt & Associates to help them fight for their futures after suffering a stroke or a heart attack at work. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to set up your free consultation with a dedicated and passionate Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer. Together, we can help you keep yourself and your family safe. With multiple offices throughout Pennsylvania, we are able to help clients in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.