When the temperatures start to rise and the sun shines without interruption, things can get very uncomfortable. Staying cool is very important in a heatwave. However even though you can do a lot to keep cool at home, it isn’t always as easy to do in other locations.
For example if you are in hospital or at school you would expect the people in charge to make sure the building was as cool as possible. It is these individuals who have a duty of care to those inside buildings used by the public to ensure they stay safe and healthy during a heatwave. For example, a lack of water and no open windows or fans may be seen as being negligent with regard to the health of those in the building.
It is very easy for someone to fall ill when they are overcome by the heat in situations such as this. Staying out of the sun (especially during the hottest part of the day), drinking plenty of fluids and using sun cream are all advisable when you are out in hot weather. However you cannot assume all the right things will be done if someone else is in control.
What could happen if you became ill as the result of negligence?
Heatstroke can be very serious in someone of any age. It is important to have evidence of negligence if you have suffered in a heatwave as the result of the actions (or more likely inaction) of another person. If this is the case you may be entitled to claim compensation for the suffering you went through in that situation. The most important thing is to remember that you need to prove your situation was someone else’s fault. This will be focused on when you get in touch with a professional for advice.
If you need no-obligation advice, contact Accident Advice Helpline today
Accident Advice Helpline has been providing no-obligation advice for many people for a long time now. With 14 years’ experience our professional injury compensation lawyers might be able to help you too. No one should suffer as the result of another person’s actions, but if you believe you have suffered through a heatwave you should contact us for more information today. It could potentially be a very good call to make. Contact us on our free 24/7 enquiry line today on 0800 689 0500 for the advice you need.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown