It doesn’t matter if you work indoors or out, there is always a chance that you could suffer from heat stroke in California.

Heat stroke may occur when body temperature reaches 104 F. If this happens, you need to take the necessary steps in cooling down.

Many people, such as those who work outdoors in the heat, are at greater risk of heat stroke. Even so, they never think twice about this, as they are used to working in this environment.

Some of the most common symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Altered behavior. As heat stroke sets in, a person may suffer from irritability, delirium, slurred speech and confusion.
  • Alteration in sweating. Despite the heat, heat stroke often leads to skin that is hot and dry, as opposed to moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. These are both among the most common symptoms of heat stroke.
  • Rapid breathing. As your body temperature rises, it’s possible that your breathing could become shallow and more rapid.
  • Headache. A serious headache, accompanied by throbbing, is a common sign of heat stroke.

Note: While not always the case, heat stroke can lead to an extremely serious medical concern such as a seizure or coma.

See a doctor

Even though you may believe you can treat heat stroke on your own, such as by moving to a cool place, it’s better to be safe than sorry. By seeking immediate medical treatment, you can improve your likelihood of making a full recovery.

In the event that your heat stroke caused serious illness or injury, you may need to spend a long period of time recovering. This means you will not be able to work, which could lead to filing a workers’ compensation claim.

By receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you don’t have to worry as much about your financial situation as you recover.

If your claim is denied for any reason – such as if your employer states that you did not suffer your illness as a result of your employment – you have the right to file an appeal. This will mean a delay in obtaining benefits, but you should continue to fight for your rights until you receive the compensation you deserve.