Hyperthermia, commonly known as heat stroke, is a serious and potentially deadly complication arising from dangerously high body temperatures. The most severe of heat-related complications (more so than heat exhaustion or cramps), it is marked by a wide range of physical symptoms, including:
Dehydration and extreme heat combine to block the body’s natural processes of releasing the heat generated by metabolism. This means that, apart from not getting enough water, exercise in extreme conditions can also play a major role, with thousands of cases of heat stroke reported at summer sports camps every year.
Apart from athletes, other demographics often affected by heat stroke include children and the elderly. The latter group is in particular danger, as partially mobile or sedentary individuals of this age range may not recognize or be able to respond to symptoms until complications become fatal.
Perhaps the greatest danger in a case of heat stroke is the fact that we are so slow to acknowledge the severity of the risk, as high body temperatures seem to creep up without our being aware. Most people simply believe “it’s just hot” and that there is nothing to worry about. The truth is that heat stroke kills thousands of people worldwide every year. In 2003, a heat wave that swept Europe resulted in more than 50,000 deaths.
If you or someone you love has been affected by heatstroke and you think another party’s negligence might be to blame, contact the Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.