Living in South Florida means that the threat of suffering a heat-related illness or injury is always lingering. With temperatures reaching into the 100s during hot summer months, heat-related illness and injury is very common in the sunshine state.
According to the National Weather Service more than 150 persons in 2012 died as a result of heat injuries and the average number of heat-related fatalities between 2003 and 2012 was more than 115.
It is estimated that between 2005 and 2009 more than 16,500 Floridians were treated in emergency departments or hospitals for heat-related injuries. These injuries were most commonly treated between the months of July and September.
Heat-related injuries commonly occur when a person is exposed too much sun and is exerting their energy which is why these injuries are common amongst outdoor workers and athletes. However, in Florida where finding an escape from the sun can be difficult during summer heat-injuries can happen to just about anyone.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a heat-related illness or injury due to another individual’s negligence or recklessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
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Types of Heat-Related Injuries
There are several different types of heat injuries that can present themselves when temperatures are high and coverage is minimal. One of the most commonly reported types of injuries though is heat stroke. It is estimated that in 2011 more than 60 children and workers died as a result of heat stroke.
Some other common forms of heat-related injury include:
Heat Exhaustion – Brought on by water depletion due to heavy sweating. The core body temperature will usually rise to 104 degrees
Heat Syncope – Dizzy spells or fainting after standing in one position for too long or suddenly rising after sitting or lying in a position. It is commonly caused by dehydration and can often occur when someone is acclimating to heat such as new athletes.
Heat Cramps – Usually affects workers and results in painful muscle cramps caused by the depletion of water and salt in the body.
Heat Rash – Caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather.
Heat Stroke –Body temperature rises quickly and can reach 106 degrees very quickly. Heat stroke can lead to death or permanent disability if not treated right away.
Most injuries occur to those working outdoors as well as children and teens playing sports. It is important to stay hydrated and covered up as much as possible to lessen the chances of suffering a heat-related injury.
Heat-Related Injury Symptoms
Although there are many different types of injuries the majority of them have the same signs and symptoms. By knowing what the signs and symptoms of heat-related injury are a person can identify the problem and know what to do next to help the victim. It can also help a person identify when they may be suffering from such an injury.
Some common signs and symptoms of heat injuries include:
- Heavy sweating
- Weakness or Fatigue
- Dizziness or Fainting
- Muscle Cramps
- Elevated Body Temperature
- Heat Rash (usually located in the neck, upper chest, inner elbow region)
If a person is suffering from heat stroke they may experience additional signs and symptoms, such as:
- Hot, Dry Skin or Profuse Sweating
- Slurred Speech
- Throbbing Headache
Anyone who is experiencing such symptoms should find shade right away, get hydrated, try cool down, and call for medical assistance right away.
Contact our Heat Injury Lawyer Today
Even if a person is suffering from a mild heat injury such as heat rash, continuing to exert energy and be exposed to hot temperatures could lead to more serious heat-related injuries. As Florida is known for soaring temperatures it is important that everyone know how to prevent heat injuries before they happen.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a heat-related injury due to another individual’s carelessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Gordon & Doner can help you determine what your legal rights are and help guide you through the entire litigation process if its determined that you the grounds to file a lawsuit.
With more than 180 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have proudly represented personal injury victims throughout South Florida. We are pleased to serve the following areas:
- Palm Beach Gardens
- Ft. Lauderdale
…and many more local towns and cities. For more information on we can help you with your personal injury claim , contact us at 1 (855) 722-2552. One of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our attorneys best suited in handling your claim after a few preliminary questions.
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