I recently asked my friend Jim, an engineer for a Fortune 500 company, where he had been, since I had not seen him in several weeks. He told me that he was recovering from a heart attack he had experienced while traveling for work to a plant in Iowa. Jim explained this happened when he was at LaGuardia Airport. He had been delayed in a long security line, was pulling his carry-on with a briefcase on top, and was rushing to the departure gate, when he felt a sharp pain in his chest. He had to sit down in the middle of the concourse. Thankfully, a quick-thinking security officer called an ambulance, and Jim was taken to a nearby hospital.
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As a rule, if an employee is working at the time of an injury, and the injury was work-related, the employee is entitled to benefits by law. The entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits is a statutory right. Benefits include payment for all reasonable medical care, time lost from work, permanent injury (in Jim’s case permanent injury to his heart) and vocational retraining.
If you believe that your heart attack, or another medical condition, was caused, or precipitated by over-exertion, physical or even emotional stress, do not delay. Call an attorney who can file your claim in a timely manner, and obtain the medical evidence necessary to prove your claim. Workers’ compensation is available, is valuable, and is a statutory right available to employees whether they wear a suit and carry a briefcase, or wear a hardhat and a carry a toolbox.
We take great pride in representing clients in worker's compensation cases because we understand the tremendous strain work-related injuries place on our clients and their families, and the difference we can make in their lives by helping ease this difficult burden at a difficult time.
Guest Blog Entry By:
Daniel A. Benjamin, Esq.
Benjamin, Gold & Troyb, P.C.
350 Bedford Street - Suite 403
Stamford, Connecticut 06901