If you get involved in some sort of accident in the water, whether it is a lake, a river or the ocean, you need to know that there could be serious complications. It depends what you get exposed to in the water itself. You may not think that your injuries are all that bad in the first place, but that could change in the future.

For instance, one woman in nearby Florida fell while she was at the beach. She scraped her leg. That sounds very minor, but she was then exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria, which was able to get into her body through the “minor” break in her skin. The bacterial infection was so severe that she eventually passed away.

Certainly, that’s not a common example, but it shows you just how poorly things can go, especially without proper care. If you get a minor scrape or cut on your leg while working on a barge, a cruise ship or a freighter, you don’t think that it’s a life-threatening injury. This story shows that that’s exactly what it may be.

In less severe cases, people get exposed to bacteria that cause gastronomical illnesses and other serious sickness and disease. While you may survive it, you could still end up spending a lot of time in the hospital, feeling miserable, missing time at work and spending money on doctor’s appointments, medications and more.

As you can see, if you ever get injured while working on the water, you must take it seriously and carefully consider all of the options that you have.