Electric shocks injuries are responsible for about 1,000 deaths in the United States each year, or about 1% of all accidental deaths. The severity of injury depends on the voltage, the current’s amperage, whether the current was direct or alternating, the path of the current through the victim, and how long the victim remained in contact with the current. Although the severity of injury is determined primarily by the voltage, low voltage can be just as dangerous as high voltage under the right circumstances. People have been killed by shocks of just 50 volts.
The nervous system (i.e. the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) is particularly vulnerable to injury. In fact, neurological problems are the most common kind of nonlethal harm suffered by electric shock victims. Neurological problems may be apparent immediately after the accident, or gradually develop over a period of up to three years.
Many other sorts of injuries are possible after an electric shock, including cataracts, kidney failure, and substantial destruction of muscle tissue. An electric arc may set clothing or nearby flammable substances on fire. Strong shocks are often accompanied by violent muscle spasms that can break and dislocate bones. These spasms can also freeze the victim in place and prevent him or her from breaking away from the source of the current.
If You Have Been Injured By an Electrical Shock:
- Get Medical treatment, if necessary.
- Photograph the scene.
- Save any pieces of equipment or appliance involved.
- Photograph the injuries both before and after treatment.
- Contact Carter & Putnam for a free, no obligation consultation.
If you or a family member has endured an electric shock, you should speak with the Electric Shock lawyers at Carter & Putnam who consistently provid excellent legal advice and representation in this area of law. To speak with an Electric Shock lawyer, please call our office at 816.246.8881 for a free consultation.