Why You Can’t Afford a Heat Stroke

The Holy City might have its southern charm, but that charm also welcomes intense summer heat and humidity. Did you know 400 people die annually in South Carolina due to heat related illnesses? If a heat stroke is severe enough, recovery can last six to eight months, resulting in expensive medical bills and a devastating loss of income.

At the Steinberg Law Firm, we work with clients who are dealing with a wide range of issues concerning workplace injuries and workers’ compensation, including heat strokes. Since today is the summer solstice and marks the first official day of summer, we have the top five heat stroke safety tips to keep you safe while having fun this season.

TIP #1: What is a heat stroke?

A heat stroke occurs when a person’s temperature regulating system fails and their temperature rises to critical levels. This is a medical emergency and could be fatal!

TIP #2: Are you at risk?

If you work outdoors, you are at a higher risk of experiencing a heat stroke or heat related illness. The most common occupations with these types of illnesses include firefighters, construction workers, factory workers and others.

A work related injury, such as a stroke, could leave you and your family in financial difficulties as the cost of medical treatment and time spent away from work quickly adds up. You may be wondering how you are going to provide for yourself or your family. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system is in place to help ease this burden.

TIP #3: How should you recognize a heat stroke?

Notify your employer if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot and dry skin; no sweating
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

TIP #4: What should you do after calling medical emergency help?

These safety practices will help you aid someone with a heat stroke after calling 911:

  • Wrap them in a sheet and soak with cool – not cold – water
  • Fan, but don't over-chill
  • Stay still and don’t move around 

If you were diagnosed with a work related heat stroke, Steinberg Law Firm can answer your questions.

TIP #5: How should I adjust my summer lifestyle?

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Replace salt and minerals by drinking a sports beverage
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully
  • Pace yourself!

If you’ve had a heat related illness on the job, take the first step to ensure a brighter future for you and your family. Please call the Steinberg Law Firm today at 843-720-2800 to schedule your free consultation with one of our Charleston workers’ compensation attorneys.

Updated on December 29, 2018

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