What if I was injured from contact with extreme temperatures? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you were injured on the job or suffered an illness as a result of contact with extreme temperatures, and you want to know if you are eligible for workers’ compensation.
If your injury or illness is going to keep you from being able to work for at least 3 or 7 days, depending on the state you are in; you are probably eligible for workers’ compensation. If your employer threatens you or tries to keep you from getting workers’ compensation, talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer who will make sure your rights are protected, and you get all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Normal core temperature
Your human body has a normal core temperature that is somewhere between 98.6 and 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit. In order for your body to maintain this temperature without any cooling or warming device, the external temperature has to be around 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
In some job environments, even with cooling or warming devices, you may still have to deal with extreme temperatures. If you are injured or suffer an illness as a result of being exposed to extreme temperatures, it is referred to as contact with extreme temperatures.
Extreme cold or heat
Contact with extreme temperatures may mean contact with extreme cold, which may reduce your balance, strength, blood flow, sensory feedback and dexterity. It can also mean contact with extreme heat, which can bring about dehydration and fatigue.
Contact with extreme temperatures in which you are injured or suffer an illness that is brought about by extreme cold can have serious consequences which include:
Difficulty with sensory sensitivity
Hypothermia because your body is losing energy faster than it is produced
Frostbite which usually involves your ears, nose, cheeks, toes and fingers
Muscle strains and pulls
Reduced dexterity and grip strength and loss of flexibility.
If you are injured or suffer an illness because of extreme heat, this can also cause serious consequences. Some of these are:
Equipment operation accidents
Reduction in strength and energy
Heat exhaustion caused by a loss of body fluid from excessive sweating
Heat stroke which can be fatal.
Again, you may have been injured or suffered an illness as a result of contact with extreme temperatures while doing your job for your employer. Because you have been injured or suffered an illness that is work related, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation.
This is because workers’ compensation covers almost all work-related injuries and illnesses, and this is regardless of whose fault the injury or illness was. The reason for this is because fault is not an issue when it comes to workers’ compensation. In return, you are not allowed to bring a civil suit against your employer.
So, if you are having any trouble getting the workers’ compensation you deserve, your employer is threatening you or trying to keep you from getting workers’ compensation, the smart thing to do is to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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