The human body needs to maintain a constant temperature of around 98° F, and if it is exposed to abrupt changes, health can be seriously affected. Currently in the U.S., regulations and legislation exist that establish a general optimal condition for the workplace; including temperature and ventilation. At Grupo MedLegal, we have successfully represented different physical injury cases due to change of temperature on the job in the United States. Here are some of them:
Trenton, New Jersey: On June 30, while packing hamburgers inside a refrigerator, a restaurant employee began to experience discomfort in his back, neck, leg, and shoulder. He reported his pain, but his employer ignored his request for treatment.
New York, New York: An employee worked for 4 years as a metal cutter in a factory and developed significant physical problems in his right arm and shoulder from leaving the heat of the factory to enter the air-conditioned part of the company. He reported his problem but was never sent to the doctor; on the contrary, he was fired.
Los Angeles, California: After laboring for 2 years as a general food service worker, an employee began to develop complications with his back, mid-section, and neck, due to the frequent temperature changes he experienced from going in and out of industrial freezer throughout the day.
Chicago, Illinois: After 4 years of working in the laundry service of Belmont Hotel, an employee suffered muscle deterioration in her right arm, due to the changes in temperature from hot to cold water that she experienced while washing. She reported her physical discomfort and was sent to the company’s insurance doctor. However, despite being able to see the extent of her injury, the doctor refused to give her the disability from work she needed to be able to recover.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: After working for 4 years in a refrigeration warehouse, an employee developed injuries to his back and right shoulder, suffering a lumbar hernia. He reported his injury and was sent to the insurance doctor; however, besides never receiving effective treatment, he was fired from his company.
All of these cases turned to Grupo MedLegal’s offices in their respective cities, where their call was quickly received and they were given legal representation and treatment from a competent physician who was concerned for their health and wellbeing rather than saving the company’s money.
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