Dangerous Heat Conditions
Summertime brings to mind vacations and warm, sunny days at the beach. However, some summer heat conditions can prove dangerous to your health. If working outdoors in excessive heat, you should be sure to take adequate breaks out of the sun and stay properly hydrated. Whether you work outdoors, participate on a sports team, or enjoy outdoor recreation during the summer, you should take extra precautions to ensure that you do not suffer any heat-related illnesses.
In many cases of heat-related illness, a person simply needs to rest and rehydrate. However, failing to treat minor heat-related conditions can cause them to develop into much more serious or fatal conditions, such as heat stroke. Heat stroke develops if the following illnesses are not quickly and properly treated:
- Heat Rash: Skin becomes red and itchy as sweat ducts are blocked and irritated.
- Heat Cramps: Muscles begin to cramp as the body becomes dehydrated.
- Heat Edema: Legs and hands swell as blood vessels dilate.
- Heat Exhaustion: Excessive dehydration causes fatigue, dizziness, weakness, quickened pulse, and pale, cool skin.
- Heat Stroke: Confusion, convulsions, quick and steady pulse, and hot and dry skin occur as the body completely loses the ability to control its temperature. Without quick treatment, heat stroke can be fatal.
If your work or other activities take you outside during the summer, be sure to stay properly rested and hydrated, and treat any heat-related illness immediately to prevent it from developing into a more serious condition like heat stroke.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a heat-related illness due to the negligence or irresponsible behavior of another person or party, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of your losses. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.