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Your heart attack may be compensable under workers’ compensation

It was a busy day at work, and you were on your feet much more than usual. You normally take it easy on the job, because you haven’t been feeling well lately. With the added stress of the upcoming holidays, you figured you just felt unwell because of stress.

It wasn’t long after you told a coworker you weren’t feeling well that you passed out. You woke up in the hospital later that day. The emergency crew arrived at your workplace and discovered you’d had a heart attack. You won’t be able to return to work for some time.

Since you got hurt on the job, you may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Heart attacks don’t always qualify, though, so it’s a good idea to find a way to link it to your job and the conditions you were in when yours occurred.

To be eligible for workers’ compensation in the case of a heart attack, there are a few requirements you must meet in accordance with South Carolina’s laws. For instance, you must have been exposed to or subjected to an unusual amount of physical exertion or an unusual condition in the course of your employment that caused the heart attack to occur. For instance, if you normally work calm 8-hour shifts in the summer and are forced to work a 16-hour Christmas holiday shift, the additional strain may be enough to trigger a heart attack. The additional strain placed on your body may be enough to help you qualify for workers’ compensation in South Carolina. Our site has more on what it takes to qualify for workers’ compensation.