The Heat Is on: Getting Workers’ Compensation for Heat Stroke

You work outdoors at one of Daytona Beach’s most popular parks. Although you enjoy working outside in this beautiful beach town, the blazing heat can make your job difficult. You do your best to stay hydrated, take breaks, and wear the recommended clothing to keep yourself as cool as possible, but sometimes it isn’t enough.

Despite your best efforts, it’s possible you could be overcome by heat stroke.  You may feel nauseous and confused, have trouble talking, and feel that you might pass out.

 Can You Get Workers’ Comp for Heat-Related Illnesses?

Heat stroke is a potentially dangerous condition that occurs when your body overheats due to prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. If left untreated, it can cause permanent organ damage and even death. Fortunately, you may be able to receive workers’ comp to cover the costs of your treatment should you experience heat stroke that results in organ damage. To do so, you must:

  • Tell your employer. You can’t file a workers’ comp claim if your boss doesn’t know about your injury. Tell your employer that you are sick and need medical attention. Doing so puts your injury on file, so you can begin the workers’ comp process.

  • Receive medical attention. Go to the doctor or emergency room immediately after you feel sick. You must also tell the doctor that your injury occurred at work. He will document this in your medical records, which is helpful when you file a claim.

  • Hire an attorney. Filing for workers’ comp shouldn’t be difficult, but it can sometimes seem confusing. When you have a lawyer who handles workers’ comp claims every day, your chances of receiving help improve immensely.

    We Want to Help

    The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert want to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Call us at 800.556.8890 to schedule your free consultation, and request a complimentary copy of the book It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Workers’ Comp.