A person can only live for a few days without water. We have all experienced mild dehydration: the repeated warnings in the media that you should drink eight glasses of water a day show how easy it is to become dehydrated. In a situation like an athletic practice, dehydration happens very quickly. Severe dehydration can quickly lead to brain damage and death.
If you or someone you love has suffered after being denied a chance to rehydrate, you may be eligible for compensation from the party responsible. To learn more, call the Clarksburg personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of David W. Frame at 800-352-9460.
Dehydration and Liability
People who take responsibility for the safety of others need to be aware of the potential hazards they may face, including dehydration. For example, a person who works as a youth sports coach is responsible for ensuring the children in his or her care have regular access to water as needed. A tour guide who takes people on long walks, or walks through hot outdoor areas, is responsible for making sure water is available when people need it.
When dehydration becomes severe, the consequences can include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Hyperthermia (very high body temperatures)
- Visual disturbances
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
Dehydration can develop from mild to severe very rapidly. Anyone who chooses a position of authority – whether as a coach, a tour guide, a camp counselor, or similar positions – needs to take steps to reduce people’s risk of dehydration.
If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed by dehydration, and someone’s negligence is responsible for your suffering, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. With the help of an experienced Clarksburg personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of David W. Frame, you take steps to protect your rights. To discuss your case, contact us at 800-352-9460 today.