St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison has recently had their hands full with the number of patients brought in with heat-related illnesses. Over just one weekend, six people were brought in for treatment.
One of the hospital’s emergency room physicians, Dr. Brian Mamerow, said that the number of patients he’s seen is not unusual when the weather is particularly warm. A couple of victims to heat exhaustion were brought into the hospital following the Dane County Fair or are workers who spent most of their days outside. Mamerow wants to remind outdoor workers that hydration is very important.
Workers at the hospital express a greater concern for children and the elderly, both who tend to heat up faster, and workers who spend their time outside. Symptoms to look for from heat exhaustion include extreme sweating, fatigue, and muscle cramps. The second you stop sweating, though, you may be at risk for the more serious heat stroke. Seek medical help immediately if you have any of these symptoms or are around people who are confused or faint.
If you have suffered heat exhaustion or a heat stroke while at work, your employer may be held liable for the effects your ailment has had on your life. Contact a lawyer with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal options.