Job-Related Heart Problems: Getting The Benefits You Deserve
Working as a police officer or firefighter is a noble profession. Part of your job is helping people, and often you are put in high-pressure, tense and even unsafe conditions, and yet, everyday you continue to help individuals around you. If you are a police officer or firefighter who has experienced serious stress-related conditions like hypertension or heart disease because of your job, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
At Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, our attorneys assist individuals and families with their personal injury claims throughout Connecticut. Located in North Haven, our law firm serves clients throughout Connecticut in their personal injury matters.
Workers’ Compensation Laws For Police Officers And Firefighters
There are specific workers’ compensation laws in Connecticut for police officers and firefighters who suffer from hypertension, which is a high blood pressure condition and heart disease. In order to recover from a claim, police officers and firefighters, like private employees, need to show that the injury they sustained occurred while they were on duty.
Who Is Entitled To Benefits?
Connecticut law says that you are automatically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you meet all of the following qualifications:
- Suffer from hypertension or heart disease
- Are a police officer or firefighter
- Employed prior to 1996
- Had a pre-employment physical examination
- Cleared for duty
- Give written notice to the employer within one year of the symptoms
This law presumes that the stress from the job caused you these medical problems.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another individual in a workplace accident, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers provide clients with a range of legal options and aggressively pursue your goals. Contact us online or by calling us at 203-285-3593 or toll free at 866-530-7228.