Slips, trips and falls in the snow and ice are somewhat common during the winter months in the UK, but as we move away from the chilly season, we are not completely free from risk of injury and illness.
While the risk of slips and trips may be minimised in the summer months, there are some summer ailments, which can cause heat-related illnesses of varying severity, even death.
Common heat-related illnesses include, but are not limited to:
- Heat rash
- Heat cramps
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat oedema
- Heat syncope
While recovering from any illness in the heat can be tortuous, heatstroke – or sunstroke – must be considered as a medical emergency as, untreated, it can lead to myriad further health issues.
Who is at risk of contracting heat-related illnesses?
Anyone and everyone who spends periods in the heat, whether in direct sunlight, shade, or indoors, is at risk of suffering from a heat-related illness.
That being said, there are some groups who are more susceptible to suffering from common heat-induced ailments, such as:
- children under two years old
- elderly people
- those with kidney, heart or circulation difficulties
- insulin-dependent diabetics
Is it possible to minimise the risk of heat-induced illnesses?
While it is not possible to completely eradicate the risk of sustaining a heat-related illness, there are steps you can take to minimise the chances of suffering from such ailments.
Ensure you stay hydrated – water, rather than other drinks is advisable. Set up fans in all rooms and ensure your home is well ventilated. Following a spell in the sun, if you start to feel unwell, head indoors, to a cool area, and drink cool water. You should start to feel better within 30 minutes.
In the case symptoms persist, seek medical attention immediately.
Claiming compensation for a seasonal illness or injury
Just as slips, trips and falls are common within the winter months, summer is responsible for an array of illnesses. If you have sustained an illness or injury and believe you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Whether you sustained the illness at work, during a local event or while participating in a sports pursuit, if you feel that a third party is liable for the pain and distress you have endured, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline could be of assistance.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice