At Cueria Law Firm, we provide services for a variety of work-related injuries, including those involved in the diving industry. Employment in the diving industry can range from tourism to construction and exploration of natural resources such as gas. Divers know their work must be completed underwater and that there is a danger present when doing so, no matter what the work entails. With commercial diving, there are safety risks involved and this industry is one of the most dangerous to work in.
Understanding Common Diving Hazards
In general, the most common hazard to diving is being in danger of drowning while diving. Diving accidents can be attributed to sea creatures below the water or diving equipment that is defective. Medical conditions can occur underwater if the diver fails to follow the proper safety procedures while in the water. Training is a must and without it, one might develop a medical condition that is uncomfortable or even life-threatening.
Medical Problems Common to Divers
- Barotrauma—this condition occurs when the air pocket of the middle ear is affected by pressure underwater. This medical issue causes pain and damage to the ear if the equalizing process is not completed correctly by the diver.
- Nitrogen Narcosis—if nitrogen in the body of the diver becomes increased, it can create a narcotic effect. Judgment and sensory perception are affected.
- Decompression Sickness—also known as the bends, this condition occurs when the pressure underwater increases and nitrogen in the body are also increased. A diver that moves to the surface too fast will see the pressure reduced and the nitrogen causes bubbles in the body which creates pain and even death in severe cases.
- Oxygen Toxicity—when divers go below the 135-foot mark, this condition can occur. The underwater pressure increases and the body takes on more oxygen. The extra oxygen at such depths can cause a nauseous feeling as well as seizures, losing consciousness or twitching, among other issues.
Divers must be properly trained, and employers offer the needed training as well as quality equipment to ensure the diver stays safe while under water. Divers should have their qualification in order and be able to perform their work in a safe manner. A medical fitness certificate must also be obtained for the diver to be ready to work.
Divers need to follow all safety rules and practices when working. However, despite doing this, divers are still at risk. If you are a diver who has experienced a medical condition due to no fault of your own, such as involving faulty equipment or improper training, give our office a call today.
Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys are ready to review your case and help you file a claim for compensation.