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Old 12-01-2004, 05:22 AM   #1
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Can high blood pressure, disability?

Can high blood pressure be classed as a disability?

 
Old 12-01-2004, 06:57 AM   #2
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

I assume you mean for income tax and handicap license plate purposes? I don't think so. However, if you continue to have high blood pressure, you may qualify for disability perks sooner rather than later in life.

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Old 12-01-2004, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

It isn't even an acceptable problem to be classified as "high risk individual" for flu shots in my area.

 
Old 12-01-2004, 08:05 AM   #4
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

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Can your high BP not be controlled by medicine? If you are talking about disability in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or SSI payments, it would probably be near impossible. There are people with severe heart disease, that have a real problem getting social security disability payments.

If you work for an employer, who has >100 employees, and your BP cannot be controlled by medicine, then your employer may have to make job accommodations for you , such as a less stressful position. This falls within the ADA, and the meaning of disability defined by the act.

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Old 12-01-2004, 08:48 AM   #5
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Ta for everyones response.

I am in the UK and got fired because on the day of the medical I had high blood pressure (described by my doc as slightly high). I knew I had high blood pressure, it first appeared in September of this year and was being monitored/treated.

I had only been working for the company two weeks, had it been a month I would have some rights, however if high blood pressure is a disability or is caused by a disability I can claim unfair dismissal.

I have a sleep disorder.

 
Old 12-01-2004, 09:18 AM   #6
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Very sad event Mark. I would pursue this with a good lawyer (if there is such a thing). Did the company put this in writing as to why they fired you? Was it a job requirement that you maintain perfect health? (I don't see as how that could be required)

Best of luck and I hope you get some equity! (the person that fired you created a lot of bad karma for theirself, anyway)

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:26 AM   #7
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Likewise, I don't know the requirements of your job, but in the U.S. you couldn't get fired for hypertension from just an ordinary job. Find a lawyer.

Good luck to you.

 
Old 12-02-2004, 11:04 PM   #8
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Atleast here in the US, I believe firing someone for a medical condition would be illegal, unless your job has some sort of high fitness requirement, like if you were part of a SWAT team, police officer, ambulence driver, etc where the employer really can't change the job to reduce stress for instance. Even here though I would imagine that it would have to have been cleary stated in your contract that you had to maintain certain fitness measurements in order to maintain employment.

I would ask the employer that fired you for grounds for termination in writing. In some states in America employers can terminate you without reasonable cause, but still if you feel that a medical condition was the real underlying cause you can press charges, as this is illegal.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 02:41 AM   #9
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

If a person's high blood pressure is interferring with their ability to perform their job then they are eligible to put in for the Family Medical Leave Act which entitles them to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid sick leave for a chronic condition such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Migraine Headaches, Asthma etc. You do not have to take the entire 12 weeks allat once. It can be used intermittently during the course of the year and most companies like for it be started in Jan. That way it will be good for the entire calendar year. If you put in for it in June then it's only good for 6 months.

I work for the State of NY and I put in for it every year because I get Migraine headaches. High Blood Pressure is not a reason for Disability. It's very hard to get on Disability. My brother had terminal Colon Cancer and had to wait 5 months before he got it. By the time it was approved he collected one check before he passed away.

I would definitely check into it if your blood pressure is causing you to miss work. They cannot fire you if you have the Leave Act and you take off for that reason.

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Old 12-03-2004, 08:38 AM   #10
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

I have friends that collect ssd due to hbp. I guess it depends on how severe your disease is affecting your work ability. For example, my friend draws ssd bcuz she has side effects from her bp meds that interfer with her job performance. She works in customer service at a bank. Of course, i was approved for ssd bcuz of my many illnesses including hbp.

 
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Please note that the OP (original poster) is in the UK, not the USA. See post 5.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 01:50 PM   #12
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

That's Ok because maybe someone here in the US has read the post and was wondering the same thing and maybe the information has helped him or her.

 
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

Good point. And I hope you didn't think I was shouting at you and jtu. I just think that when a thread gets this long, it is easy for people to miss things like that, so I put it in big type so others who come along and might offer additional advice would be sure to notice.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 06:02 PM   #14
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Re: Can high blood pressure, disability?

I did not think you were yelling or anything. I know that some people use the bold print in order to make sure that everyone sees it. At least I saw your message without my glasses.

 
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Not a problem.

 
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