Las Vegas Spa Worker Found Dead Inside Freezing ChamberBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 8, 2015 | In Workplace Injury
Safety concerns about cryotherapy have been raised nationwide, including here in Los Angeles, after a 24-year-old woman was found dead inside a Las Vegas Spa.
According to a Business Insider report, the woman died while using a cryotherapy chamber at the Rejuvenice Spa in Las Vegas where she worked. Officials discovered that the victim was using the freezing cryo chamber after hours without supervision, but it’s not clear what caused her death. These chambers can get as cold as 240 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. They’re extremely dangerous when not used correctly.
Cryotherapy is growing in popularity. You can find many of these freezing chambers in Los Angeles. Celebrities such as LeBron James have talked about benefits from using the liquid nitrogen chambers. This particular chamber where the fatal accident took place didn’t have proof of workers’ compensation insurance. The victim also probably used the chamber unsupervised.
It’s important to remember that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) DOES NOT certify cryochambers. There’s not enough scientific proof that these chambers actually provide benefits such as accelerated muscle recovery, pain relief, and smooth skin. What we do know is that subjecting your body to freezing temperatures can be dangerous.
Our bodies can only withstand extreme cold for a brief period of time. Once our body dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, hypothermia will begin to set in. A loss of consciousness begins around 82 degrees. Death will likely result if the body reaches temperatures below 70 degrees.
Even though the cause of the young woman’s death is still unknown, it is clear that caution should be used around therapy chambers. They may be growing in popularity, but that doesn’t mean that they’re safe or that they provide any of the benefits they advertise.
If you or a loved one has been hurt while using a cryotherapy chamber or any other alternative form of therapy, don’t hesitate to research your legal options. Financial support may be available for your considerable suffering.
Contact Kenton Koszdin Law Office to discuss your case. You can reach us at (800) 438-7734.