Unfortunately, strokes and heart conditions have become alarmingly common in this country over the last several years. Various studies have shown that work-related stress can increase the risk of strokes and heart conditions, especially in individuals who have a prior history of hypertension (high blood pressure). Workers are often forced to deal with both physical and emotional stress at their jobs caused by factors such as heavy workloads, long hours, overwhelming levels of responsibility, demanding physical requirements, unhealthy interactions, harassment, and other harmful dynamics. This stress in turn can cause physical and psychological symptoms such as high blood pressure, sleep impairments, headaches, a racing heartbeat, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, and heart attacks.
If you have suffered a stroke or have been diagnosed with a heart condition that you believe may have been caused, in whole or in part, by work-related issues, with proper medical reporting and documentation, you may have a viable workers’ compensation claim. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you find a physician who can evaluate your symptoms and medical records to determine whether your condition was caused, in whole or in part, by work-related activities. Even if a related pre-existing health condition exists, such as high blood pressure, if you experienced or are experiencing work factors which have aggravated your symptoms over time eventually leading to a stroke or heart condition, you may still have a valid work-related injury, which may be due to a specific event or continuous/cumulative trauma work conditions.
Rowen, Gurvey & Win has successfully litigated numerous cases involving injured workers who have suffered from strokes and heart conditions. For an example, please see Boone v. State of California/Department of Transportation under “RGW Significant Cases” on this website to understand how a stroke was ruled to be work-related, and a totally disabling work related medical condition after WCAB review. Our firm is well equipped with the experience and resources that you need to fully understand your rights under worker’s compensation law, get the medical care that you need, and develop a strong legal case so you can obtain benefits that you are entitled to, including payment of disability benefits, coverage for medical treatment, and, potentially a considerable settlement, or award from the court.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of our website for further information on the California workers’ compensation system and the benefits to injured workers provided under the California workers’ compensation laws.
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