Posted On: August 24, 2011 by Breyer Law Offices

Extreme Heat Breaks Records in the Valley

desert_sunset_2651222.jpgAccording to the National Weather Service Forecast Office for Phoenix, heat is the number one weather related cause of death in the United States. In Arizona heat is the number one cause of weather related deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that from 1993 to 2003, 253 deaths in Arizona were heat related. Often times peoples whose jobs require them to work outside become victims of heat sickness and heat stroke.

With record breaking heat above 110 degrees being reported at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport the dangers of heat exhaustion increase. An excessive heat warning has been issued for Phoenix, Yuma, Lake Havasu, Bullhead City, and Kingman until Thursday. The risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke increases as the temperatures rise. According to ABC 15 temperatures this high put stress on a person’s body and can lead to heat-related illness or even death. As experienced work injury lawyers with the Arizona Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we have seen how difficult recovering from a heat-illness can be, as well as how difficult a fatal heat-illness can be for a victim’s family.

According to the CDC defines heat stroke as the most serious heat-related illness. Heat stoke occurs when the body can no longer control its core temperature. Symptoms of heat stroke are a temperature of 103 and above, red hot and dry skin, rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. If you suspect a person is suffering from heat stroke you should try to cool their body rapidly by putting them in a cold bath, shower, spray them with a cold garden hose, or sponge cold water on the person while waiting for emergency help to arrive. If you work outside or in a hot environment and feel any of these symptoms you should stop work immediately and call 911.

If you or a loved one has suffered from heat stroke or other heat-related illness while working at an Arizona jobsite, our experienced on the job injury attorneys in Scottsdale please call (480) 753-4534, for a free consultation.