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Does Workers Comp in Iowa Cover Heart Attacks?

A heart attack is a major health crisis, and suffering one at work might leave you asking yourself, “Does workers comp in Iowa cover heart attacks?”

While your heart attack might have happened at work, you might need to look deeper to prove that your heart attack makes you eligible for workers comp benefits. You may need to fight for your workers comp benefits.

At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we’re prepared to fight for your case, no matter how difficult it may be to prove. We want you to get the care you need, so we’re ready to help.  

Your Heart Attack Must Be Work-Related

Finding a single reason for your heart attack might be difficult. Typically, these health events are brought on by several factors, such as your weight, diet, smoking habits, and blood pressure. Most of these may be related to your personal habits, rather than your job. But workers comp only covers health problems and injuries caused directly by your job.

However, the strain of a job can cause heart problems. Stressful work conditions can cause health issues if you’re under high amounts of strain constantly. For instance, long shifts doing hard labor, such as lifting heavy objects or putting yourself under physical strain, can cause a heart attack. If this is the case, you should be compensated.

You might have already been at risk for a heart attack, but your work conditions might have aggravated your health issues. In cases like this, you may still be able to file for workers compensation benefits.

Proving Your Workers Comp Case

Proving that your heart attack was caused by your working conditions won’t be easy. Because so many factors go into a heart attack, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact cause.

However, a qualified and experienced Iowa work comp lawyer can help you prove your case. Further exams by your doctor will be necessary—your physician will be able to examine the other factors that went into your condition and how much of a factor your job was in your heart attack. We’ll also gather any other evidence that may be useful, such as the amount and difficulty of your work.

This will be useful as we begin fighting for your case. The evidence your doctor provides will be a major part of your case, whether you’re disputing your case with your employer or filing a contested-case hearing in front of the Iowa workers compensation commissioner. In either case, we can use this evidence to prove that you should receive workers compensation for your heart attack.

We Can Help You with Your Claim

While proving that your heart attack was work-related is no easy task, the experienced lawyers at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help. We’ll examine your case, work with your doctor, and fight to get your work comp benefits when you need them.

Figuring out whether Iowa workers comp will cover your heart attack is complicated, considering how complex the cause of a heart attack can be. No matter what, though, our lawyers are ready to help.

If you’re considering fighting for workers comp after a heart attack, reach out to us for a free consultation. Call us at 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers.