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Danger on the High Seas

There are plenty of jobs that can be pretty safe as long as you take normal health and safety measures. But some jobs can be quite dangerous in nature and if you add being out to sea, an injury can become life-threatening really quickly and far from medical help.

Such is the case of one of our clients, a scallop fisherman who experienced a pimple that turned into a life-threatening condition while on the job on the high seas. A small pimple on the hand became infected and began to spread into his arm causing pain and inflammation.

Our client kept trying to deal with the ship’s captain, asking for medical help after the pimple began to make his hand swell. He was denied medical attention and told it would simply “go away.” When the swelling move into his arm, again he asked for medical help. But the Captain was in a great fishing area and didn’t want to lose money to bring in our client on what he thought was just a simple infection. It was not until yellow streaks appeared on the arm that the Coast Guard was called in. The yellow streaks were a sign of jaundice, which is very serious and a precursor to organ failure. Once he finally got the medical help he needed, the doctors confirmed that if he spent any more time out to sea he could have easily lost his life. We deal with a lot of maritime clients and understand the laws of vessels and those at sea. We can help answer any questions you may have. Watch the video now to learn more.

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