According to a report by the United States Natural Hazard Statistics, where data was taken from NWS forecast offices in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Island, demonstrates that there was a total of 155 heat related fatalities throughout 2012. This number is more than injuries caused by tornados, floods, rip currents, wind, and cold each.
Throughout Savannah, Georgia we are exposed to extreme heat during the summer months. This head affects everyone outdoors, especially those performing physical actions such as construction workers, athletes, summer campers, and children left in the car. In fact, the Department of Geosciences and the San Francisco State University discovered 33 total deaths of children left in cars throughout 2012.
The personal injury attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm are sympathetic towards the victims of heat injuries and offer free appointments with these individuals wherever they may be including; house visits, hospital visits, and nursing home visits. Our legal team is dedicated to seeking the maximum compensation benefits available while raising awareness about these types of injuries and building lasting relationships with each of our clients.
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Symptoms of Heat Illness
Recognizing the symptoms during the onset of a heatstroke may help to avoid having a heatstroke all together. These symptoms will typically be noticeable and should be attended to immediately. Some of the symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Dry Skin
- Flushed Skin
- Heat Cramps
- Heat Rash
- High Body Temperature
- Muscle Cramps
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Rapid and Weak Pulse
- Rapid Breathing
- Respiratory Problems
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it is advised to seek shelter and something to cool that individual immediately, for it could lead to a heatstroke.
Heat Illness Classifications
A heatstroke can present itself anytime excessive temperatures are present. This may also appear with little to no warning and cause permanent injuries and possible death. Some heatstroke classifications include:
Heat cramps are painful involuntary muscle spasms which typically occur during heavy exercise in hot environments. These spasms may be prolonged and intense and are due to the inadequate intake of fluids.
Heat edema is caused by the blood vessels expanding so the fluid moves into the hands or legs by gravity. This also poses a risk of unbalanced salt levels in the body which also draw increased fluids to the hands and legs.
Heat exhaustion occurs after being exposed to excessive temperatures for several days and has become dehydrated. The two types of head exhaustion include water depletion and salt depletion.
Heat rash develops in the sweat ducts and blocks the perspiration under the skin. This will typically result in blisters and red lumps and may be itchy and cause a prickly sensation.
Heat stroke is caused by excessive exposure to high temperatures or by performing physical activities in hot weather. The Mayo Clinic states that a person is considered to have a heatstroke when their body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Heat syncope occurs when a person faints as a result of overheating. It occurs under the same conditions as a heat stroke and is associated with body temperatures hitting or surpassing 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with fainting and with or without mental confusion. It is caused by the mild overheating and inadequate water and/or salt.
Heat tetany is related to periods of stress in a hot environment. It is often associated with hyperventilation, numbness, tingling, respiratory problems, and muscle spasms.
These heat illness categories can all be prevented by taking the correct precautions and remaining adequately hydrated.
Heat Illness Prevention Tips
There are several ways an individual can avoid heat illness, which are all available by paying attention to your body and taking the necessary precautions in excessively high temperatures. Some heat illness prevention tipsinclude:
- Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages
- Consume sports drinks to hydrate and replace lost salt and nutrients
- Hydrate regularly prior to, during, and after physical activity
- Keep an eye on others
- Never leave children in the car unattended
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat injuries and illness
- Seek cool shaded areas
- Stay covered from direct sunlight
- Wear a hat and light colored clothing
- Wear breathable and loose clothing
To learn more about heat illness prevention, or if you or a loved one has suffered from a heat related illness on the job, we invite you to contact our law firm to begin exploring your legal options.
Contact an Experienced Savannah Personal Injury Attorney Today
Based out of Savannah, Georgia, the attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm are able to serve clients throughout entire area and elsewhere. Our attorneys are committed to providing our clients with helpful, compassionate, and determined attorneys to assist clients in receiving the compensation benefits they deserve.
Having won over $40 million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have the resources and experience to help you with your specific heat illness case today.
Some of the areas our attorneys serve include:
- Bluffton, SC
- Guyton, GA
- Hilton Head Island, SC
- Hinesville, GA
- Jesup, GA
- Springfield, GA
- Statesboro, GA
- Townsend, GA
Of course, we also serve the surrounding suburbs, towns, and cities and are able to assist individuals throughout the country finding an attorney to help with their specific case. To learn more, we encourage you to contact us at(866) 947-7449 or fill out the “Free Case Review” form located at the upper right of this page. All information entered will remain confidential to our law firm and the entire process is completely free.