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Workers’ compensation and disability benefits for heart disease

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Did you know that there are occupational factors for heart disease? Heart disease is also listed as a possible impairment in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. If a person develops an illness or disease that impacts the way their heart functions, then that disorder may make it possible for them to seek long-term disability benefits.

They may suffer from this illness as a result of work-related exposure or other issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease, particularly heart disease, is a common cause of sudden death among firefighters. Heart disease was also more common among National Football League players who had a Body Mass Index of 30 or more.

These aren’t the only kinds of workers who may develop cardiovascular issues or heart disease as a result of their working conditions, so it’s important to realize that heart-related problems aren’t just genetic but also environmental. As a result, employers may be responsible for workers’ compensation, and employees who need to go on disability may be able to seek it through the Social Security Administration.

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States

Cardiovascular disease is the top cause of death in the United States and around the world. Surprisingly, over half of the people who develop CVD are under the age of 60.

For workers, it’s essential to note that CVD is a common cause of permanent disability, which means that it could lead to being unable to work and to needing to file for workers’ compensation as well as long-term disability benefits.

Will employers cover heart-related injuries on the job?

Employers should have workers’ compensation. If you are an employee who is covered by workers’ compensation and believe that you have a heart condition caused or worsened by your work, it’s appropriate for you to seek medical attention. Workers’ compensation may cover your care, and you may be able to use the information you gather about your health to apply for longer-term disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. The process to get disability can be complex, but with the right documentation and evidence to support your claim, you can get the support you need.


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