If you suspect that someone is suffering from hypothermia, you need to act sooner rather than later to get them warm and dry, so that you can stop the hypothermia getting any worse, and ensure that they start to recover before the situation is serious or fatal.
You should also act differently according to the degree of the hypothermia, so it can be helpful to know what the levels are, and how to assess them.
- Look for shivering. In minor cases of hypothermia, your first clue will be that the person is shivering. If you can get a person to warm up when the shivering begins then it may never even reach the hypothermic stage. In serious cases the person will have been shivering, but will have stopped and may even be claiming to feel hot. This is when the situation is most serious.
- Check their coordination and movement. Someone suffering from hypothermia will move more slowly and may seem to be unbalanced. With hypothermia the joints and muscles will stiffen, making it hard for them to move easily.
- Look for drowsiness or exhaustion. On a lower level, the person may exhibit signs of being sleepy and want to go to sleep. This will build to exhaustion as their symptoms get worse, and you should not let them go to sleep by any means.
- Look at the skin. Hypothermia leads to frostbite, which comes on in stages. Frost nip is the lowest level, where the skin turns a reddish hue, and the skin will get harder and turn purple and finally black as frostbite sets in.
- Check the person’s pulse. In early hypothermia the pulse will be quickened, whilst later onthe pulse will start to slow right down.
Claiming compensation through solicitors in Duffield
If you feel that you have sustained injuries as a result of hypothermia brought on by the negligence of someone else, or if you have lost a loved one to hypothermia that could have been prevented, then you may want to claim compensation against the other party, using solicitors in Duffield.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and professional solicitors in Duffield Airport, who will work with you on a 100% no win no fee basis to help you to get the compensation you deserve.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, to speak to the team about your situation, and get advice and support on how to proceed, and whether it is worthwhile proceeding with your claim in the first place.
You will be passed over to our solicitors in Duffield who will work on your behalf, so you shouldn’t have to go to court, and will keep you updated as your claim progresses, answering any questions you have and making sure that you are comfortable with the situation.
Date Published: 21st March 2014
Author: David Brown