The stages of heat illness
In the warmer months, everyone loves heading outside to soak up some of the sun and enjoy getting a bit of a tan. Most people know about the dangers of the sun, and getting sunburned, but it is also important to know the dangers of heat, and what this can do to your body. Heat illness can vary in severity, and at its worst can actually cause death, so you need to know when someone is suffering from a heat illness and how bad it is so that you know how to treat it before it gets any worse.
In the mildest stage of heat illness, you will simply be dealing with dehydration. Dehydration goes beyond feeling a bit thirsty and into needing to get water into your body as soon as possible. Dehydration happens because when you are overheated you sweat, losing a lot more water from the body than usual. Symptoms of dehydration are:
- Faintness and dizziness
- Cramping in the limbs and stomach
- Excessive sweating
The next, more serious stage is heat exhaustion, which presents with the following symptoms:
- Pale skin with goosepimples
- Nausea and vomiting
- Headache and dizziness
Heat stroke is the last stage of heat illness and can lead to death if not dealt with straight away. Symptoms include:
- High body temperature
- Dry skin with no signs of sweating, where there was sweating before
- Difficulty breathing
- Fast pulse
During the first two stages of heat illness it is important that you try to bring the person’s temperature down in whichever ways you can, getting them out of the sun and into the shade, and using cool water and ice to bring down their body temperature. At the final stage, it is important that you call the emergency services as quickly as possible.
Finding solicitors in Harris
If you have suffered an illness or injury which you feel was caused by your employer’s negligence (including being made to work in overheated conditions for too long) then you should consider finding solicitors in Harris to make a compensation claim against them.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years experience with injury claims, and works with experienced and professional solicitors in Harris to help you to get the compensation you deserve. You can call the helpline for advice and support on 0800 689 0500, and the team will talk you through what has happened to you and how this may be a case for compensation for you.
You are under no obligation to proceed after this initial conversation, but if you do decide to go ahead solicitors in Harris will work with you on a 100% no win no fee basis, and will offer you support as your claim progresses. Your solicitors in Harris will also work entirely on your behalf, so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 4th April 2014
Author: David Brown