Top Five Electrocution Injuries

| Sep 23, 2020 | Construction Accidents, Injuries

Many people equate electrocution injuries with construction sites. But almost half of these injuries occur at other places. So, while construction workers face additional risks, electrocution can happen to any person at any time.

Additionally, many people equate electrocution injuries with electric shocks. That’s certainly one of the most serious injuries. The human body cannot possibly absorb all the energy that surges through a wire to power something like an HVAC system. But as outlined below, there are other injuries as well.

Wherever these injuries occur, a Lexington personal injury attorney can obtain the financial compensation these families need to pay medical bills and carry on with their lives. Perhaps more importantly, an attorney shines the light of justice on these incidents, thus reducing the number of future victims.

Surface/Subsurface Burns

Typically, either an electrical short or touching a wire causes an electrocution injury. When a breaker seriously malfunctions, the burst of light, heat, and energy often causes serious injuries, even if the victim was several feet away from the explosion.

Generally, the temperatures, which could reach 35,000 degrees, are more than hot enough to cause third or fourth-degree burns. Third degree burns affect the dermis, or the lower skin level. Fourth-degree burns affect the bone. Both these injuries usually require painful and expensive skin grafts to correct. Furthermore, these wounds have higher than normal infection rates.

Finally, even if doctors repair the damage without infection, some permanent scarring usually remains.

In addition to negligence at the point of electrocution, these cases often involve defective products, such as a defective switch. Additionally, if the wound became infected, an attorney might be able to [pursue a claim against the facility which treated the victim.

Brain Injuries

Either the surge of electricity or a subsequent fall could cause a brain injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries are quite difficult to diagnose and treat.

As for diagnosis, the brain is very adept at concealing its own injuries. So, many victims do not display obvious injury symptoms. And, when first responders ask, these victims often say they “feel fine” and do not need treatment.

These characteristics are common ion brain injuries. So, if you are hurt in an accident, always see a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating such injuries. That’s the only way to tell how hurt you are.

As for treatment, brain injuries are permanent. Physical therapy can alleviate the symptoms but not “cure” the injury. Brain injury physical therapy is very long and difficult.

Arc Blast Injuries

When electricity explodes because of a short circuit or other issue, the plume of energy travels through the air until it reaches the ground or another conductor. While these sparks are airborne, they cause injuries like:

  • Shrapnel Wounds: The electrical explosion rips apart metal structures and sends shards of metal flying toward victims. 
  • Eyesight Damage: The incredibly bright energy burst does not just burn skin. It also burns eyes. In many cases, the vision loss is permanent.

Bystanders are especially susceptible to these injuries. These individuals have no warning and no protection from danger.

Ventricular Fibrillation

Overstimulation of the heart could cause cardiac arrest. The human heart can absorb some electrical currents. Indeed, the heartbeat is an electrical current. But this toleration only goes so far. Most people can tolerate about 5 amps. An electrical explosion could generate as much as 500 amps.

The highest amp levels are not the most serious problems. Amperes substantially below that level could cause ventricular fibrillation, but the lower exposure does not exceed the “let go” threshold. In other words, the current is strong enough to cause a heart attack, but not strong enough to propel the victim away from the source. Therefore, the exposure is ongoing.

Falls

When electrical blasts throw victims away from the source, the risk of a heart attack might decrease, but the risk of a fall increases.

Either a fall from a height or a slip-and-fall could cause a catastrophic or fatal injury. A fall as little as forty feet (four stories) is fatal for most people. The fatality rate climbs to 90 percent at seventy feet. Slip-and-fall incidents are especially serious for people with pre-existing conditions.

Electrocution victims often deal with a wide range of serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. You have a limited amount of time to act.