Heart attacks can occur anywhere and at any time – even on the job. While most injuries that happen while a person is on the job are covered by workers’ compensation, heart attacks and resulting heart bypass surgery can be difficult to pursue.
In order for a person to collect workers’ compensation, work-related injuries must have arisen out of employment. In other words, the heart attack must have been caused by the work that the employee was performing with a causal connection between the work-related activities and the heart attack. Because heart conditions can develop over time as a result of a number of factors, including age, health, genetics and family history, and obesity, the worker must prove that the heart attack and any resulting heart bypass surgery was directly caused by the work.
Because workers’ compensation claims for heart bypass surgery is incredibly difficult to prove, it is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney if you suffered an on-the-job heart attack. The Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured workers collect full and fair compensation, including claims that are difficult to prove. We will advise you of your legal rights and help you pursue any possible legal claims. Contact the experienced Chicago workplace injury lawyers at Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation.