If you are a first responder and have hypertension you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Hypertension is one of the nations most common life threatening diseases. Nearly 30% of all Americans have hypertension, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure and diabetes.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits you have to be disabled for a short period of time as a result of your hypertension. If your pre-employment physical was negative and you’ve developed hypertension during the course of your employment you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, to be eligible, you must miss a short period of time from work, and have your doctor take you out of work. If that happens you may be entitled not only to workers’ compensation money benefits but, more importantly, medical benefits. Without a period of disability you simply aren’t entitled workers’ compensation benefits.
It is important that you get medical treatment for your hypertension. The main categories of medication used to reduced elevated blood pressure are:
1. Diuretics, which are the first line treatment for hypertension. These wash the extra salt and sodium out of your body and allow the blood vessels to dilate, that reduces your blood pressure. These medications include Esibrix, Hydrodiuril and Zaroxolyn.
2. Ace inhibitors prevent the production of the chemical Acetlycholine Esterase, which cause blood vessels to constrict. These medications include Aceon, Lotensin, Monopril and Vasotec.
3. ARB’s, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, affect the same chemical as Ace inhibitors but at a different location. These drugs include Diovin, Benicar, Avapro.
4. Calcium channel blockers help dilate blood vessels by preventing calcium from entering the blood vessel walls or heart mussels. These drugs include Norvasc, Procardia XL and DynaCirCr.
5. Beta blockers reduce the work of the heart by slowing the heart rate and reducing the force when it contracts. This lowers your blood pressure. These medications include Lopressor, Tenormine, and Toprol XL.
Even if you aren’t disabled as a result of your high blood pressure so that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits it’s crucial that you get medical treatment through your group insurance for your hypertension. Good diet, exercise, healthy weight and medication will help you achieve optimal blood pressure. If you have any questions about your entitlement to first responder workers’ compensation benefits as a result of your hypertension, call Florida first responder lawyer Nancy Cavey at 727-894-3188 or use the quick contact form to the right to get in touch with us right away with any questions you might have.