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Hypothermia in Summer? Why Seamen Should Know the Signs of Hypothermia

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“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson

Jones Act Attorney Injured Seaman Lawyer

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You have to be brutally honest about everything. It is the best thing you can do in helping you win your Jones Act Case. 

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Many people believe that you need extremely cold temperatures to develop hypothermia. And, yes, it is easy to develop hypothermia during a Chicago winter or after a fall in an icy stream. But, it is also possible to develop hypothermia in July while working off the coast of California. In fact, hypothermia can develop anytime a person spends an extended period of time in cool, wet conditions. Since cold and wet are typical working conditions for maritime workers, it is important that all seamen be aware of the signs of hypothermia.

Stage 1 Hypothermia (Body Temp:  95-96.6 degrees)

  • Shivering
  • Goosebumps
  • Loss of circulation to the extremities
  • Numbness in the hands and feet
  • Loss of coordination
  • Quick, shallow breathing
  • Upset stomach
  • Fatigue

Stage 2 Hypothermia (Body Temp:  91-94.8 degrees)

  • Pale skin
  • Blue appearance in the lips, ears, fingers or toes
  • A feeling of warmth
  • Violent shivering
  • Difficulty controlling muscles
  • Slowed movement
  • Stumbling
  • Confusion
  • Irrationality

Stage 3 Hypothermia (Body Temp:  below 89.6 degrees)

  • Shivering stops
  • Exposed skin appears blue and puffy
  • Speech difficulties
  • Slowed thinking
  • Victim becomes irrational or incoherent
  • Lack of alertness
  • Amnesia
  • Inability to use hands
  • Pulse and respiration decrease
  • Tachycardia
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Clinical death

A maritime worker with hypothermia requires immediate treatment. Because hypothermia is a common and often fatal maritime injury, all seamen should be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and administer first aid.  Failure to train workers to recognize hypothermia may be considered negligence.

If you have lost your loved one to maritime hypothermia, contact a skilled Jones Act lawyer.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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