April 22, 2024 12:13 am
High-tech employee’s heart attack during connection flights deemed work-related injury

The plaintiff suffered a work-related heart attack during his travels to the US, Germany, and Israel. Despite this, the National Insurance Institute objected to accepting his claim, citing his pre-existing heart problems and his decision not to seek medical treatment during his travels. However, Judge Ariela Gilzer-Katz of the Tel Aviv Labor Court determined that the number of connecting flights and the duration of the flight constituted an unusual event and ordered a medical expert to examine the causal connection between the heart attack and the flight.

The medical committee initially rejected the plaintiff’s claim, stating that his medical condition was related to previous illness and that surgical scars were not related to work accidents. After filing an appeal, however, the medical committee for appeals accepted his claims and determined a disability allowance of 32% for him without reduction for previous illness. This meant he was entitled to retroactive payment as well as future monthly allowance.

The National Insurance Institute responded by emphasizing their respect for the court’s ruling while highlighting their belief that frequent work flights could make it difficult to determine if there is a clear connection between work and health issues. However, they acknowledged that such rulings can occur and respected this particular decision in favor of the plaintiff. In conclusion, after a successful appeal, Mr. Plaintiff received financial compensation for his work-related heart attack despite initial objections from National Insurance Institute due to ambiguity over cause-and-effect relationship with multiple flights taken beforehand.

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