Occupational Barotrauma

Most people who have heard of barotrauma would probably recognize it better by one of its common complications called “the bends.” Others nickname barotrauma “the squeeze.” Barotrauma occurs when a significant difference in air or fluid pressure arises between the inside of the body and the surrounding area. This is sometimes called hyperbaric or hypobaric pressure.

While barotrauma is most often associated with scuba diving, it can also affect mine workers and those who work on demolition crews. If you have suffered from occupational barotrauma, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation to help you with medical bills and recovery. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer from Scudder Seguin, PLLC, today at 919-851-3311.

How Barotrauma Occurs

There are several different areas in your body that contain air sacs. Normally, these air sacs are similar in pressure to the air or liquid outside of the body. If the surrounding air or fluid suddenly has much higher or much lower pressure, it can injure these air sacs. For instance, if the surrounding pressure becomes very high, it can painfully compress air sacs found in the ears, lungs, sinuses, and even in the gastrointestinal tract. Conversely, if the pressure drops, the air in these bodily areas can quickly expand.

Careers at Risk for Barotrauma

Barotrauma can cause devastating problems like eardrum rupture and collapsed lungs. Occupations at risk for these pressure-related injuries include:

  • Professional divers
  • Airplane pilots and flight crews
  • Miners
  • Blasting crews
  • Tunneling workers

Sometimes, injuries from barotraumas can cause long-lasting disabilities. Thus, it is important for employers to protect their workers from these pressure injuries.

Contact Us

If workplace negligence has caused you to suffer a barotrauma injury, you have the right to fight back against this carelessness. Contact a knowledgeable Raleigh workers’ comp attorney from Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at 919-851-3311 today to learn more about your legal options.