Electrocution Injuries

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Electrocution injuries most commonly occur on construction sites given the amount of machinery and wiring generally involved in the work, but these types of injuries can happen anywhere electricity flows. Although relatively rare, the damage resulting from an electrocution is among the most severe.

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Main Types of Electrocution Injuries

Not all electrocution injuries affect victims in the same way. Experts recognize four main categories:

  • True Electrical Injury: In cases where the electrical charge is able to flow in one side of the victim’s body and out another, the victim becomes part of the electrical circuit and may suffer a true electrical injury.
  • Flame Injury: If the victim’s clothing or other material in contact with their body catches fire because of an electric charge, they could suffer a flame injury.
  • Lightning Injury: These injuries are commonly caused by lightning strikes, though other low duration, high voltage charges could cause similar damage. The majority of damage in lightning injuries is external or surface-level.
  • Flash Injury: Victims who only suffer damage to their skin and not the deeper layers of their body suffer from this type of injury.

Common Electrocution Injury Causes

Serious injuries may be caused by any intense electrical charge, but they most commonly occur through:

  • Small children who stick a metal object into a socket or bite down on an electrical cord
  • Lightning strikes
  • High-voltage power lines
  • Exposed wiring
  • Worksite exposure
  • Faulty machinery
  • Faulty appliances

Common Injuries

  • Heart Attack
  • Seizures
  • Broken bones
  • Unconsciousness
  • Skin burns
  • Lung failure
  • Issues breathing
  • Issues hearing, seeing and / or swallowing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Stopped or irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle pain

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