Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim after Suffering Heat Stroke

Worker’s compensation is in place for employees who suffer injuries while working. Those who have suffered from heat stroke while on the job may be entitled to worker’s compensation. Heat stroke is caused by prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. When heat stroke occurs, the body’s core temperature will reach over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, damaging the central nervous system.

Symptoms of heat stroke include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, muscle weakness, rapid heartbeat and breathing, and hot, dry, red skin. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), some ways to avoid heat stroke include frequent water breaks, rest periods in cool, shaded areas, and doing the heaviest physical work in the early morning when temperatures are lower. But if heat stroke does occur, it requires immediate emergency treatment.

Employees in construction, landscaping or similar industries are the most likely to experience heat stroke, especially when working in the summer. Worker’s compensation benefits can help cover medical costs including ER and follow up visits, as well as medications, depending on your doctor and state laws. If rehabilitation services are necessary, worker’s compensation benefits can also cover these additional medical expenses to help you regain your strength.

Disability services through worker’s compensation can help compensate you for any wages lost due to heat stroke on the job. Furthermore, worker’s compensation also includes death benefits, in place by most states to compensate relatives who would be impacted should an employee die of heat stroke.

Filing for worker’s compensation benefits due to injuries from heat stroke can be an arduous process. If you or someone you know has suffered from heat stroke on the job, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, NY today. Our lawyers will make sure your needs are met while getting you the maximum worker’s compensation benefits owed to you by your worker’s compensation insurance. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

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