Filing a Worker’s Comp Claim for Heat Stroke
- Posted on: Jul 27 2021
Heat stroke occurs when you overheat, and it is a major concern for those who work outdoors during the summer in areas where the temperature climbs into the triple digits. If you work in these conditions and suffer from heat stroke, you may be able to file a worker’s comp claim for any medical expenses incurred due to the condition. Heat stroke is a serious medical issue and can result in permanent damage to your organs or even death, so you could be left with lifelong health problems. You may be entitled to substantial compensation if that occurs.
Document the Event
If you do suffer from heat stroke while at work, you will want to fully document what occurred. As soon as you can, write down what you had done for the entire day up to the point of the incident. Write down the environment, describe your location, note the temperature if possible, and include any other detail you can think of. Proving that heat stroke occurred due to your job activities and environment will likely rely on these details.
Does Your Employer Follow Heat Stroke Safety Protocols?
It’s also important to note any heat stroke safety protocols that your employer has in place and document how you followed those protocols. OSHA requires employers to provide breaks, water, and other accommodations to avoid heat stroke. You should have time to adjust to higher temperatures, reduce the amount of heavy labor done during the heat, and take frequent water breaks. Employers also need to provide heat stroke information to their employees, including the common signs of heat stroke and a documented plan for dealing with the condition.
It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide these safety protocols, but it’s also your responsibility to take advantage of them. Make certain you do drink water regularly throughout the day and take breaks. If your employer fails to follow OSHA regulations, you may find it easier to receive worker’s comp for heat stroke. However, if you fail to take these preventative measures, it’s very likely your claim will be denied.
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