Although Georgia's hot and humid summers can be miserable for anyone, the extreme temperatures can be downright deadly for seniors. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to heat stress injuries. Not only do older people have a more difficult time adjusting to temperature shifts, but they may also have chronic health conditions that affect the way their body reacts to heat or be taking a prescription drug that impacts temperature regulation.
As a result, the summer months can be especially dangerous for elderly residents in overcrowded and understaffed nursing homes.
Nursing home residents are susceptible to numerous heat-related injuries and illnesses, such as:
- Heat syncope (fainting)
- Heat cramps
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
These conditions might occur when elderly residents are exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are exceptionally dangerous and require immediate medical attention.
In a nursing home setting, heat injuries can sometimes occur due to the negligence of the facility's administrators or employees. Examples of heat-related nursing home abuse or neglect that may lead to a personal injury claim include:
- Insufficient air conditioning and ventilation
- Failure to ensure residents stay hydrated
- Inadequate supervision during outdoor activities
- Failure to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses
- Failure to seek immediate emergency medical attention for residents suffering heat injuries
If your loved one suffered a heat-related injury or illness as a result of neglect or abuse in a Georgia nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation. If they died as a result, your family may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
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