Mountaineering accidents: Hypothermia

Mountaineering anywhere in the world can be a dangerous sport and can be the cause of many accident claims. But it can also be an adventurous, exciting, adrenaline fueled activity which is why many people enjoy doing it.

One of the worst illnesses to get whilst mountaineering is hypothermia. It is surprisingly not difficult to develop hypothermia if you aren’t careful and it’s especially dangerous. Hypothermia is caused when the core body temperature drops below 35 degrees and if it’s not treated quickly this can turn into a life threatening condition and is especially dangerous for children and the elderly.

How could hypothermia cause an accident claim such as a slip, trip or fall?

When your body becomes very cold your blood thickens slightly so that it is slower to pump round your body; this means that not enough blood is pumping to vital parts such as the brain. When this happens, you can easily lose concentration and become clumsy. When hypothermia becomes bad a slip, trip or fall injury can be easily caused as the patient’s brain is not functioning normally.

How to prevent hypothermia to stop processing an accident claim

The key factor to preventing hypothermia thus helping to stop any slip, trip or fall injury claims is to stay warm. This may seem obvious but when you are high up the air temperature drops dramatically and staying warm can be hard. Make sure you are wearing plenty of layers and a well made, thermal insulating coat; this will help greatly when keeping yourself warm and preventing a fall injury. Most importantly, always wear a hat as losing heat from your head can cause your body temperature to deteriorate quickly so keeping your heat warm and insulated is a necessity.

But, if you do have an accident that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make an accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline are an independent law firm aimed at helping to make the claims process as easy and stress free as possible.

Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about how they can help you claim the compensation you may be eligible for. Alternatively, take the 30 second compensation calculator to find out how much you could make a potential claim for.

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