Workers Compensation-Coronary Artery Disease-Death Claim

by michael on May 4, 2013

Our client was a 56 year old male who worked for over an hour repairing an outside¬†ventilation system on an extremely cold day. The worker came inside and took a hot shower. Shortly thereafter he collapsed and died of a heart attack. The autopsy report listed the immediate cause of death as a myocardial infarction with a contributing underlying coronary artery disease. Upon review of past medical records and a medical review report by a pathologist, a death claim was filed on behalf of the widow. The claim was initially disallowed. Eventually, the death claim was allowed based upon a substantial aggravation of pre-existing coronary artery disease which substantially accelerated the workers’ death by precipitating a myocardial infarction.


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