Delaware County Heat Stroke + Exhaustion Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The summer months are a great time for beach vacations, swimming in pools, and enjoying backyard barbecues, but the heat and humidity can reach dangerous temperatures quickly in the Delaware Valley area. High temperatures, combined with rising humidity and prolonged sun exposure, can result in serious work heat illness and injury for outdoor workers and those that work in confined spaces. Any time the body temperature rises to critical levels and the body is unable to maintain its normal temperature, emergency care is necessary and can even result in death.

Our lawyers want to warn you about the dangers of dehydration that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke workplace accidents. On many occasions, the signs and symptoms are not recognized as heat induced, or may not be taken seriously, and employees may suffer long term effects of a heat-related work illness.

Types of Heat Related Injuries Occurring at Work

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Our lawyers want to warn you about the dangers of dehydration that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke workplace accidents. On many occasions, the signs and symptoms are not recognized as heat induced, or may not be taken seriously, and employees may suffer long term effects of a heat-related work illness.

  • Heat Exhaustion – Heat exhaustion occurs when the body’s water and salt is depleted. Signs of heat exhaustion are muscle cramps, extreme sweating, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, rash, and possibly even fainting or vomiting.   Without proper treatment, heat exhaustion can progress into heat stroke.
  • Heat Stroke – Heat stroke is the most serious condition resulting from heat and direct sun exposure because it can be life threatening and requires emergency care.   If the body reaches dangerously high temperatures, heat stroke can strike without previous signs of milder heat stress. Symptoms of heat stroke include fainting, nausea and vomiting, the body stops sweating, headache, confusion or disorientation, and sometimes seizures. Brain injury, organ damage, and seizures are possible long term effects from heat stroke.
  • Heat Illness – Fatigue and dizziness from dehydration or heat illness foster workplace accidents due to sweaty palms, foggy safety goggles, equipment operation, or falls. Landscapers, construction laborers,factory workers, and mechanics are typical occupations at risk for heat-related illness and injury. In addition, employees that are pregnant, overweight, have high blood pressure, or take certain prescription medications can easily be affected by extremely hot working environments.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises employers to develop a heat stress training and awareness program for staff members who are exposed to high temperature work environments. Education on heat stress hazards, recognition of signs and symptoms, and incorporation of an emergency response plan should all be included in the program. Furthermore, employers can establish proactive practices to reduce the chance of heat illnesses; such as rescheduling hot jobs, frequent water breaks in shade or air conditioning, decreasing physical demands, and acclimating workers with gradual exposure to hot conditions.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Media, PA Workers’ Comp Lawyers

If you or a loved one are suffering from serious symptoms of a work heat-related illness, our work injury lawyers will fight to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Media, PA at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias guide employees who have suffered heat exhaustion or heat stroke on the job through the workers’ comp process in Pennsylvania with compassion and professionalism.

We have offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Media, Pennsylvania and represent clients throughout Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Reading, Kennett Square, Chichester, Clifton Heights, Collingdale, Darby, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Lansdowne, Marcus Hook, Ridley and Yeadon. Call our offices for a free consultation at 484-679-5239 or submit an inquiry online.

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Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias
44 E Front St,
Media,PA 19063
Phone: (610) 892-9300

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Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd #1850,
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 732-3400