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Unseasonable Weather in Las Vegas Prompts Heat Stroke Worries

By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

Southern Nevada has a reputation of having triple-digit temperatures… but not during late September.

On September 28, Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport tied a record high temperature of 103 degrees for that date (the high mark was set back in 1978). And the mercury is expected to remain at record or near-record levels for the rest of the week.

Because people in Las Vegas are used to sizzling temperatures, we know how to take precautions against sunburn, heatstroke, and other related maladies. But that doesn’t automatically mean that our children will be protected from them.

Many activities involving children are often planned well in advance, such as:

  • day care center field trips
  • recess activities at schools
  • sports practices

It is quite possible that the individuals responsible for planning these events did not anticipate triple-digit temperatures during the first week of autumn. So unless someone brings this detail to their attention, some children run the risk of:

  • getting seriously sunburned during an outdoor field trip
  • suffering from heat exhaustion during outdoor recess
  • succumbing to heatstroke during a brisk practice for middle school or high school football, soccer, or cross-country

Even though caregivers, coaches, and school officials may take the well-being of their children seriously, they may be too busy to realize the potentially dangerous situations which may result from too much physical activity in triple-digit heat. Be sure and check with your child care facility, school, or sport coach to make sure that the appropriate precautions have been taken. These might include extra water breaks, mandatory sunscreen application, or shortened activities.

If you feel that your child has suffered a heat-related injury due to someone’s negligence, you may want to contact an attorney to see about filing a personal injury lawsuit.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.