Dysbarism is a condition that is caused when the pressure around the human body changes, which in turn, causes patients to experience a huge array of different medical symptoms that range from mild and uncomfortable, to sometimes debilitating and life threatening. Any person that goes into an environment which has a different and unusual air pressure is at risk of dysbarism, although, those that work in these environments are at a far bigger risk.
How is dysbarism caused?
Dysbarism can affect a person when they experience a sudden change in their surrounding pressure: altitude or depth. Those that work deep under water, in a submarine or as a scuba diver, or in high altitudes, such as a pilot, could suffer accidents at work that fall under the dysbarism umbrella as these jobs require working in surroundings where the air pressure is extremely different to what it is on land and what a person is accustomed to.
What are the symptoms of dysbarism?
Symptoms of dysbarism can differ from person to person, but can include mild complaints such as nausea and sickness, tiredness, skin rash, ear pain, sinus issues, headaches, migraines, or potentially dangerous conditions such as barotraumas, seizures, paralysis, embolisms and lung damage. Regardless of symptom, as work-related injuries, any of these symptoms could impact your quality of work greatly.
Who is at risk of dysbarism related work accidents?
Those that work in areas of high or low air pressure are at risk of work injuries caused by dysbarism. Working in the following jobs could carry risk:
- Scuba diving instructors
- Underwater photographers
- Marine construction worker
- Aeroplane cabin crew
- Royal Air Force employees
Claiming work accident compensation
If you are suffering medical symptoms due to dysbarism, you could be entitled to claim compensation. When it comes to working, or even enjoying hobbies in high altitudes, or below sea level, there are measures and safety guidelines that should be put into place to ensure you are at minimal risk of an accident or work injury, and if these measures aren’t put into place, you could have a work accident claim.
To see if you are entitled to accident compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline; a law firm with an in-house team of solicitors who will be happy to advise you with expert knowledge.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown