Imagine being at work carrying large pails up and down stairs in 100 degree heat. Imagine wearing a thick fire suit over heavy welding clothes and sweating profusely throughout your whole shift. It is not surprising that a Colorado resident would suffer a serious health problem in such a workplace, even with frequent breaks. After a man had a stroke while working in just these conditions, he applied for and recently won workers’ compensation for his on-the-job-injury.
The 50-year-old’s employer has disputed its role in the man’s stroke, pointing to his high blood pressure, but a judge recently rejected the company’s medical expert’s testimony. Rather, the judge took into account the fact that the automobile foundry worker had been taking high blood pressure medication and had his blood pressure under control at the time of his stroke. The judge determined that the physical toll and stress of the job, in combination with the heat, were significant factors in the man’s stroke and, thus, the company needed to pay the employee workers’ compensation benefits.
The man’s attorney has said that the 50-year-old will likely remain paralyzed on his left side and disabled for the rest of his life.
Colorado employees who have suffered a serious accident, injury or developed a medical condition that have left them paralyzed know how important it is to file for workers’ compensation and disability benefits. Without the ability to work, many workplace accident victims would find themselves running out of money and unable to care for themselves if it wasn’t for workers’ compensation. In addition, getting help from a on-the-job injury attorney can make it easier to navigate through the difficult quagmire of workers’ comp laws.
Source: The Morning Call, “Victaulic foundry employee wins workers’ comp for on-the-job stroke,” Peter Hall, Feb. 20, 2012