Those working outdoors and manual laborers feel the effects of summer and stifling heat more than probably anyone. They do not have the luxury of ducking into air conditioning on the hottest days of the summer and still have deadlines to meet.
While employers have standards for allowing breaks, water and taking measures to prevent workers from being harmed, heat-related illness and heat strokes still happen far too often.
Heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses can affect a person for days and even cause long-term damage to the body. They must be taken seriously and treated immediately.
Workers who have suffered from these types of illnesses may have a chance at getting workers' compensation for their treatment and any time lost at work. This can be difficult, however, as an employer or the workers' compensation administrator may argue that the person was suffering from a pre-existing condition. For instance, an individual who is overweight or who suffers from a heart condition may be more susceptible to heat-related illness.
Workers' comp does not cover pre-existing conditions. It does, however, cover instances where the demands of the job aggravated a pre-existing condition.
This is where it becomes important to get assistance from legal help to ensure you are granted the full amount of workers' comp you deserve. A skilled attorney can help you obtain the medical documentation needed to prove that your on-the-job encounter with heat-related illness was, in fact, directly related to the demands of the job.
At Laurie W. Maschek, we are skilled in advocating for workers and employees after work-related accidents and medical crisis. We are committed to making sure our clients receive the full amount of compensation they deserve.
If you have suffered a heat-related illness on the job, it is important that you know your options. Click here for more information.