Through training to deployment, health can be affected by a number of causes. From the Army to the RAF to the Navy, heat is a common military injury, but its severity is often underestimated.
What causes heat injury?
We understand that serving in the military means regularly working in environmental extremes. But the combination of physical activity and adverse conditions can pose health risks. Heat, also referred to as heat exhaustion, heat stress and heat stroke, is caused by physical exercise in high temperatures or prolonged exposure to hot environments.
Do you know the signs of heat?
Heat stroke, medically defined by a body temperature of 40°C or higher, is considered an emergency. Heat often progresses from milder symptoms such as muscle cramps, a throbbing headache, dizziness and nausea to rapid breathing and heart rate, disorientation, slurred speech, seizures and unconsciousness.
What are the effects of heat stroke?
A quick response time is essential. Without prompt and adequate attempts to lower the body temperature, heat injury has many complications and can be fatal. Severe complications include swelling of the brain and other vital organs, resulting in permanent damage.
What is the claims process for heat illness?
Claims for military heat compensation are usually made up to three years after the injury occurred. During the initial stages of making a military claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.
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