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Heat Related Illnesses and Accidents in Florida and Workers’ Comp Claims

Florida’s hot and humid climate poses unique challenges for workers, especially during the summer months. Heat-related workplace illnesses and accidents can have severe consequences. If you have to work in agriculture, construction, or other sectors where you may need to work outside for long hours, it’s important to protect yourself.


If you are injured due to heat in the workplace and your injuries prevent you from working or result in medical bills, you may be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim in Florida.

Heat-Related Illnesses in Florida’s Workplaces

Florida’s warm climate increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion can cause symptoms such as excessive sweating, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. If left untreated, it can progress to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Anyone who works outside or in hot conditions can be vulnerable.

Preventive Measures

If you do need to work in hot conditions, here are some tips to help you stay safe:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Seek regular rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas to cool down and recover.
  • If you need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ensure it’s appropriate for the weather, such as lightweight and breathable clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunscreen.
  • Get familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and know when to seek medical attention.
  • Consider seeking a different schedule or shift to limit your sun and heat exposure.
  • Talk to your supervisor or employer about ways you can work together to keep you safe.
  • Stay alert to current weather conditions and forecasts so you know what dangers you face on the job—and what steps you’ll need to take to stay safe.

Workers’ Compensation Claims and Florida Heat-Related Injury

In Florida, workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system paid for my employers on behalf of their workers. In the event of a workplace injury or illness, benefits may cover medical expenses, wage replacement, and rehabilitation services. Heat-related illness or accidents are covered as long as the injury occurred during the course of your work. If you do suffer a heat-related accident or injury in the workplace, here’s how to report the incident and file a strong claim:

  • Maintain all medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans, and any prescribed medications.
  • Report the incident to the employer as soon as possible and ensure that it is documented accurately.
  • If there were witnesses to the incident, obtain their statements and contact information to support your claim.
  • If possible, take photographs of the accident scene or any hazardous conditions that contributed to the heat-related illness or accident.
  • Speak to a Florida workers’ compensation claims lawyer if your injuries are serious or if you have any questions or concerns about the process.

An experienced attorney can guide you through the claims process, help gather necessary documentation, and advocate on your behalf. They can be a powerful resource if you’re facing delays, denials of your rightful benefits, or any other challenges.

If you experience a heat-related illness or accident at work, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online. We can set up a free accident consultation through our offices in Miami, Homestead, or Hollywood. With no risk and no cost, there’s no reason not to call us to find out how you can seek fair compensation for your injuries.

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