Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Nov 24, 2015 in Workers' Compensation News
Being a firefighter or police officer is likely one of the most stressful careers a person can choose. While these men and women are heroes in the truest sense of the word, putting their lives on the line to protect others every single day, the process can take a serious toll on their health and wellness. The risk of cardiovascular disease and related problems is much higher among these professions than in the population at large, and it is important that if you suffer heart-related injuries on the job you are protected. Here's a look at cardiovascular issues among police and firefighters and your rights under the law.
Heart disease, strokes and other cardiovascular issues among police and firefighters are one of the leading causes of death across the country. This remains true among both sexes and across racial and ethnic groups. Chronic stress appears to be a direct factor in causing these illnesses. In fact, law enforcement officers and firefighters have roughly double the risk of these kinds of illnesses than the rest of the population, where they are already all-too-common.
Stress-induced factors that contribute to heart and lung diseases include high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. These issues are three times higher than they are among the general population, a staggering number. It often leads to early retirement for health reasons. Even more surprising is that it is not just the dangers of the job that create high stress levels. The very nature of the organizations they serve can raise stress. The constant taking of orders, detailed and difficult paperwork that must be painstakingly completed and other high-detail requirements of the job contribute to an unhealthy state for many in these professions.
Workers' compensation is in place specifically to protect the working population from illness or injury that arises as a direct consequence of their job. Whether this injury occurs as the result of work actions -- falling and hurting yourself in the course of a job, for example -- or years later as the result of accumulated environmental conditions, the insurance is there. However, it can be difficult to prove on your own that your illness is related to the job, especially if it is something that only gradually manifests over a period of years or decades. This is why it is so important to secure the services of a qualified personal injury attorney. Attorneys know exactly how to address these kinds of cases and navigate the difficult maze of laws that can be in place to be sure that your rights are protected and your medical care covered. Cardiovascular disease, once diagnosed, is a lifelong illness that can be very expensive to treat. You need to make sure that your workers compensation is covering you so that you can live a normal, comfortable life. If you are a victim of cardiovascular issues among police and firefighters, we are here to help. For more information, answers to your questions and a free consultation, give our firm a call today.