Can I file for workers’ compensation for heat exhaustion?
It’s the last gasp of summer. With temperatures stuck in the 90s throughout New Jersey, no one wants to be working in this type of heat. Even schools are letting children go home early! But do you know who are the ones who suffer the most during heat waves? Those who work outside for a living, such as construction workers. They can’t avoid the heat and calling in sick is not an option. But what happens if the heat gets to the worker and he/she falls ill? Is this a case of workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is given to a worker after he/she falls ill or is injured while on the job. And the affects of working in the hot summer sun can definitely cause illness, especially if you are working in it for a long time. So let’s say you’re a construction worker, working in the hot sun. As time progresses, you start to feel faint and are experiencing cramping in your muscles. You sit down for a minute for the symptoms are getting worse. It’s obvious that you will need medical attention.
If this happens to you on the job, the first thing you should do is tell your supervisor and seek medical attention as soon as possible. By ignoring the symptoms, you can experience heat stroke, which can cause a permanent disability or even death if not treated immediately. Since you fell ill during work hours, you will receive workers’ compensation for your illness. But keep in mind: Your employer should have given you the proper training on preventing heat-related injuries. You may have a personal injury case on your hands.
If you fall ill or were injured at work and are having issues with your workers’ compensation claim, you’ll need our help. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.