Florida Workers’ Compensation: When Heat Illness Turns Deadly
Last year, thousands of employees became sick from heat exhaustion, and hundreds of others died. OSHA’s recent campaign to educate the public reminds employees and employers alike, “Heat Illness Can Be Deadly!” Last year, heat-related illness killed 30 Florida employees.
After our country’s influx of thunderstorms, hurricanes, humidity, and high winds temperatures soared resulting in endless power outages and loss of air conditioning. As we all know, this weather catastrophe caused a record rise in heat-related deaths within the past year. The Center for Disease Control reports that approximately 686 heat illness deaths occurred last year alone. Even with drastic weather changes, medical professionals attest that heat illness is completely preventable. This has heads turning when employees wrongly suffer on the job from occupational heat sickness.
In Florida, employees have a right to a workplace free from dangers and hazards, including those related to high temperatures. For workers that have suffered from a heat-related illness, it is vital to consult with a skilled Broward County Workers’ Compensation Attorney who is adept at understanding and negotiating proper compensation that is due to the employee. Often times employees don’t want to complain of heat exhaustion to their employer because they fear losing their job or having their hours cut. When a Broward County employer fails to provide a heat stress management program for their employees, the negligent error often turns fatal.
Employees who suffer from work-related illness are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida! It is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney to make sure that you are not denied full benefits. We can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.
If you need assistance to file your claim for Workers’ Compensation Heat Illness Claim, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: 954-807-1334.