Kansas is no stranger to serious heat waves. Despite the majority of people being able to handle the high temps, young children and the elderly can suffer injury and illness from the heat. Although we can’t hold Mother Nature responsible for these injuries, it is possible that someone may be liable for the heat related injuries.
What is a Heat Injury?
A heat injury or illness can cause mild to severe symptoms including death. From dehydration to heat stroke, each injury or illness is serious. Legal liability in these situations is possible in different scenarios.
Since young children are extremely susceptible to heat injury, it’s important that the people taking care of the children are responsible. Negligent supervision of children during a heat wave can have legal repercussions if the child is injured. An example of negligence would be if a child was injured on a hot metal slide on the playground. In this case, premises liability could recover damages for medical bills for the child.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have regulations to take care of worker’s during heat wave conditions. Employers are obligated to provide relief from the heat for worker’s, especially working conditions that are outdoors. Employers that fail to provide their workers with relief from the heat create the opportunity for a worker’s compensation lawsuit.
Premises liability requires the owner of the property to keep safe property conditions. This doesn’t necessarily mean the landlord is responsible for keeping your apartment cool, but the landlord is responsible for fixing a broken A/C unit. Additionally, dehydration from a lack of cold water could also support a premises liability case.
If you have suffered a heat injury or illness as a result of someone’s negligence, compensation for lost wages and medical bills can be recovered with the right personal injury attorney.
At Ray Hodge & Associates, we believe in personal injury handled personally. At our office you see a lawyer from the very first meeting because we believe your case deserves an experienced personal injury attorney right from the start.
If you have had a Kansas heat injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.
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