It has never happened to you before. In all the years that you have worked on a boat out on the Atlantic Ocean, you have never once been in the water long enough, or been exposed to frigid temperatures for enough time to suffer hypothermia. So far you've been lucky, but that doesn't mean that you aren't at risk of serious injury or death from hypothermia.
Recognize the Symptoms of Hypothermia to Get the Right Treatment
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of hypothermia may include:
- Constant shivering.
- Lack of coordination.
- Problems speaking clearly.
- Trouble making logical decisions.
- Loss of consciousness.
- A weak pulse.
- Trouble breathing.
Hypothermia, or symptoms of hypothermia, should be considered a medical emergency. If you experience any of these symptoms while at sea then it is important to have your captain or another crewmember get you medical help immediately. The complications of hypothermia can be serious, and they can be deadly if you do not receive prompt medical attention. Accordingly, you need to get back to Cape May, Montauk, or the closest port as soon as possible.
What if You've Already Gotten Medical Treatment?
If you suffered from hypothermia at sea and you have already gotten medical treatment then now is the time to learn more about your legal rights. You can get started right now by reading our free publication The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners.
You don't have to do this on your own. You don't have to fight for your own legal recovery while you recovery physically. Call us today to find out more.