As The Temperature Rises So Does the Risk for Injury/Illness, Part 1

Hot summer days are approaching and with that comes a risk of developing heat-related illnesses, like heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Take a moment to learn more about risk factors and tips for what to do if you or a loved one become symptomatic.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC) those most at risk for heat-related illness include: infants and young children, the elderly, pets, those with heart of circulatory programs, outdoor workers, those who are active outdoors, those who take medications that alter sweat production, and those who abuse alcohol or other substances.

There are three main types of heat-related illnesses you should be aware of.

1.Heatstroke

2.Heat Exhaustion

3.Heat Cramps

Heatstroke occurs when the body isn’t able to regulate body temperature. “The brain and vital organs are effectively “cooked” as body temperature rises to a dangerous level in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke is often fatal, and those who do survive may have permanent damage to their organs.”-NSC

Hot skin, seizures, and any change in mental state are signs of possible heatstroke. If you notice these symptoms call 911, move the person to a half sitting position in the shade, and do not give the person anything to drink. Read more here.

Heat exhaustion and heat cramps are less severe heat-related illnesses’, but should be taken seriously, especially heat exhaustion, which can turn into heat stroke if untreated. Learn More Here.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP