Heat Exhaustion: Hot Gym Leads To The Collapse Of Nashville Teen
There’s no denying that it’s very, very hot in Middle Tennessee. Temperatures have been in the high 90’s and when you’re in a building without proper ventilation or air-conditioning those temps go even higher. As personal injury lawyers in Nashville we believe that businesses should be taking care of patrons and that includes not letting them suffer heat-related injuries.
A young man suffered from heat exhaustion while playing basketball last week. That might be understandable if he was out in the hot sun, but he was actually playing inside. He was at the Shelby Park Community Center when he collapsed. Inside the building the temperature had soared to a blistering 105 degrees. It should also be noted that kids at the facility can’t drink from the water fountains either because the water gets too hot in these conditions.
Shelby Park is one of half a dozen community centers that don’t have air-conditioning in their gyms. According to officials there isn’t money in the budgets to make the fixes. This is unacceptable to the injured teen’s mom, who is petitioning Metro Council to solve the problem before more kids are hurt. According to her, “To me that’s unacceptable. Something worse could have happened or another kid they might not do as well as [my son] did.” Along with her petition to the council, she is also independently raising money to fund the fixes herself.
The Metro Park Department is claiming to already be addressing the problem and have installed new air units in the most used facilities. According to the Department director, “Our recreation staff are being instructed to be more attentive. But at the same time with this type of weather these things happen.”
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