In the scorching state of Texas, many find the summer months to be brutally hot. Despite the heat, however, a number of workers and athletes must still labor in these extreme temperatures for hours each day. If they are not given enough breaks or allowed time to cool off and rehydrate, they can suffer from heat-related illnesses.
What are heat-related illnesses?
Heat-related illnesses encompass a range of complications that can arise if an individual is unable to cool down his or her body. Victims will suffer from milder symptoms first, and if they continue to deprive their bodies of rest and rehydration, their conditions can increase in severity. The following are considered to be heat-related illnesses:
- Heat Rash: Irritated, red and itchy skin resulting from swollen and blocked sweat glands
- Heat Cramps: Muscle cramps and spasms resulting from a loss of fluids, salts, and minerals
- Heat Exhaustion: Arises when the body cannot adequately cool itself as necessary. Distinguished by a number of symptoms including fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and cool, moist skin.
- Heat Stroke: The most extreme and dangerous heat-related illness. If left untreated, it can be fatal. Symptoms include very high body temperatures, a rapid pulse, breathing difficulties, hallucinations and confusion, seizures, and coma.
To treat a heat-related illness, you should get out of the heat immediately, rest, and replenish your body’s lost fluids and minerals. For more serious cases, such as heat stroke, medical attention will be necessary.
If you have suffered a heat-related illness as the result of another party’s negligence, then you have the right to claim compensation. Contact the San Antonio personal injury lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers today at (210) 999-9999 for the representation you need.