Your heart works as hard as you do, whether you are running a marathon or sitting at your desk dealing with a crisis. What you may not realize is that when you are stressed, drinking tons of coffee to stay focused and eating chips from the vending machine because you can’t take a break for lunch, your heart is suffering as well. This can lead to work-related heart attacks that may have devastating consequences.
Some jobs are harder on the heart than others. Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, dealing with traffic, drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages to stay awake. They sit for hours behind the wheel and many are required to unload heavy boxes or pallets. All of this can lead to tremendous strain on your heart and may even lead to a heart attack. First responders, including firefighters, police officers and paramedics also have higher rates of heart attack due to job-related stress.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation after a heart attack, you must prove that the job required exertion that could lead to a heart attack. Stress is not enough to prove that you qualify for workers’ compensation. For this reason, it is critical that you hire an attorney who can help you create the documentation necessary to show that your job duties caused your heart attack.
If you are unable to work after your heart attack, even if the heart attack was not caused by your job duties, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance through the federal government. The program is designed to provide financial support when you cannot work due to an illness or injury. However, Social Security Disability is often difficult to obtain, which is why hiring an attorney may be beneficial to getting your claim approved more quickly.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack and you feel it may be related to your job duties, or if you have suffered a heart attack, are unable to work and need to file for Social Security Disability, contact the heart attack attorneys at Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. They can help guide you through the workers’ compensation process or help you with filing your Social Security Disability claim. Hiring an attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer as Pennsylvania law prevents you from doing so in most cases. The attorneys at Lundy Law will simply fight for your rights and work to get you the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 1-800-Lundy Law or complete the easy form online.