Untold numbers of workers die from heart attack and stroke due to repetitive trauma.
A Pennsylvania court awarded workers’ compensation to the widow of a man who “was literally worked to death,” according to the article at this link. He died from a heart attack after doing heavy physical work 14 hours per day for 20 years.
This is an amazing result and an example of creative lawyering. The heart attack was treated as, and in effect, viewed as a cumulative repetitive trauma or stress. It would be great if more jurisdictions were willing to award benefits based on evidence of prolonged demanding work.
Untold numbers of workers die from heart attack and stroke and are turned away by more stringent legal requirements.