Can an employer be held responsbile if you have a heart attack related to your job?

My manager and I had a spat with one another on 5-25-07. She accused me of coping an attitued with her one morning and I told her that I was only telling her that I knew of changes that were coming in the resturant becuase the grill cook and I had been talking about it. We spatted back and forth for a few minutes and she told me I could clock out and go home so I did and went to the back door. She raised her had to slap me in the face and called me the "B" word. The grill cook grabbed her hand in mid-air. I was so horrified, within the hour after I left I was in the hospital having my 3rd heart attact. The two previous heart attacks were also caused from stress related situations. I have been off from work now for 3 months and I have not heard anything from anyone. I am still under the doctors care and the owner of the resturant has sent word to me that I sill have a job when I recover. Any suggestions on what I should do. It has been reported to Worker's Comp.

Asked By: goinggoinggone - 8/18/2007
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I am not a lawyer but I would believe you would be entitled to some compensation. If this spat occurred the way you say it did and she went to hit you, that can put amazing stress on ones body, and if you have a history of heart related issues, on your heart. I would think to some degree she is liable, especially if... More
Answered By: Allie - 8/26/2007
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Hard to prove, once you're dead.
Answered By: faulty_cortex - 8/18/2007
You should not have been working if you had a heart condition!
Answered By: steve.57343 - 8/18/2007
Sorry, employer can not be held responsible for your health problems. Even if your heart attack was brought on by the employer, she did not willingly or purposefully give you the heart attack, so the answer is a big NO.
Answered By: CLAUDE D - 8/18/2007
Seems to me that you have contributed to your health issues by staying in a stressful environment. It's your arteries and your heart that are damaged by years of who knows what...genetics, poor diet, etc... You can't blame your heart attacks on someone else. You need to remove yourself from these situations for your... More
Answered By: TocIsCheap - 8/18/2007
If you can sue a tobacco company for getting cancer, which was your choice to smoke, then I don't see why not.
Answered By: grumpyoldman - 8/18/2007
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