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A Pervasive Condition Affecting Many Hardworking Americans

Many Americans do not realize how common hypertension can be, especially in high-stress careers like policework and firefighting. Those in a more intense occupation may be at greater risk of hypertension, which can lead to serious heart conditions and other life-threatening ailments.

Recognizing the extent of this threat, the state of Connecticut passed the Heart and Hypertension Act in 1977. This legislation entitles law enforcement officers and firefighters suffering from hypertension and heart disease to benefits consistent with workers’ compensation. Given the inherently stressful nature of their jobs, they also do not have to prove their condition was caused by their employment.

However, you do not only have to be a police officer or firefighter to qualify for workers’ compensation for hypertension and associated injuries. Retaining the services of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome can help you fight for renumeration you are owed for injuries incurred on the job.

Call (203) 806-7922 or contact us online to start the conversation today.

What Is Hypertension?

Millions of Americans suffer from hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure. Oftentimes it is considered to be the “silent killer,” as it may go unnoticed for years. Hypertension is a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which includes strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, and aneurysms. According to the CDC, a third of the United States population suffers from hypertension, with only half of Americans having high blood pressure under control.

Leaving hypertension unchecked can lead to the risk of life-threatening conditions and countless medical bills. Detecting and treating hypertension as early as possible is essential to ensuring your condition does not progress. Some known causes of hypertension include stress related to a personal injury or work-related activities. Treatments are available to reduce related stresses and high blood pressure, which may be covered under Connecticut Workers' Compensation Law.

Some other factors that can cause hypertension include:

  • Obesity or Being Overweight – with reduced activity, your blood volume circulation increases, raising your blood pressure
  • Poor Diet – limiting the amount of alcohol, sodium, or tobacco while increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and water can reduce blood pressure
  • Limited Physical Activity – a lack of exercise reduces the strength of your heart to pump blood, putting strain on your arteries and raising blood pressure in the process
  • Anxiety and Emotional Stress – frequent bouts of anxiety release stress hormones, quickening your heart rate and narrowing blood vessels
  • Digestive Problems – digestion already redirects blood and causes your heart to beat faster than normal, raising blood pressure

If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact a respected Connecticut hypertension lawyer from the Law Offices of James A. Welcome right away.

What Is Work-Related Hypertension?

There has been a significant correlation between hypertension and work-related stressors found in several analytical studies. Such stressors can be related to overcommitment, overworking, insufficient financial incentives, and limited freedoms. Injuries related to a catastrophic accident or work-related injury can also cause a reduction in physical activity, which will consequently increase your blood pressure and potentially damage your body's vital organs. Prolonged job-related stressors, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), will drastically affect your physical health. Such work-related stress can increase your chances of heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

How Is Hypertension Diagnosed?

Unfortunately, hypertension often goes unnoticed unless diagnosed in a routine medical exam by your doctor. Proper treatment of hypertension, whether it be secondary or primary, can often control both high blood pressure and underlying conditions like strokes, heart disease, and kidney failure. In most cases, hypertension develops over several years, and some outside factors like age, gender, genetics, and race are out of your control.

What Is Secondary Hypertension?

Secondary hypertension refers to high blood pressure caused by another medical condition or accident. Like primary hypertension, those suffering from secondary hypertension may exhibit no symptoms, even in dangerously extreme cases.

According to Mayo Clinic, conditions that can trigger secondary hypertension may include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Medications
  • Conditions impacting hormone levels
  • Diabetes and other kidney-affecting conditions

Our Connecticut Attorneys Are Ready to Pursue Aggressive Legal Action for Your Injury Claim

Our attorney will relentlessly fight for your rights and ensure your case is not ignored. For nearly two decades, our legal team has handled hundreds of cases in which the injured client suffered from hypertension that was caused by emotional trauma, stress, and other factors throughout Connecticut. Our lawyers is well versed in Connecticut workers’ compensation law and will fight for the just compensation your injuries deserve.

You have a limited amount of time to bring a claim against an employer, so get in touch with our award-winning workers’ compensation attorneys before it is too late. Dial (203) 806-7922 or contact us online to request a consultation.

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