Workers across many industries routinely work near objects that are energized with electricity. As a result, electric shock is one of the most significant risks these workers face. Understanding the nature and severity of an injury can help workers take appropriate steps to work safely and avoid being injured. Here’s what you should know.
Effects of an Electric Shock Injury
The injuries resulting from an electric shock can vary depending on the strength of the voltage and duration of contact with the energized object. People who have suffered a severe electric shock may have all or a combination of these injuries. Some examples of these injuries include:
- Burns: Burns to the skin are one of the most common injuries people who have suffered severe electric shock experience. Burns often originate at the point where the electric current enters the body and continue to the exit point. Due to the high temperatures involved, these burns often result in loss of body tissue in the affected areas and require painful skin grafts, which have their own set of complications and impairments.
- Damage to Nervous Systems: Electric shock can cause damage to the peripheral and central nervous systems. These injuries affect the body in various ways depending on the severity of the electric shock. From tingling or numbness and muscle spasms, to disruption of motor skills and paralysis, these injuries to the nervous system can be permanent.
- Brain injuries: The brain utilizes electricity to communicate directions to the body. Exposure to electric current in an electric shock can cause major neurocognitive disorders by disrupting the electrical currents in the brain. The effects of these neurocognitive disorders can be lifelong and can result in deficits to attention, memory, and problem-solving abilities.
- Organ damage: Electric shock can damage internal organs. In these injuries, electricity disrupts the normal function of organs. As an example, there are documented cases of people sustaining injury to their heart as a result of electric shock. The effects of those injuries include changes in heart rate and heart rhythm, including a rapid or irregular heartbeat. These injuries can be permanent and, if untreated, fatal.
Regardless of your line of work, it is important the companies understand the risks associated with working near objects that may be energized with electricity. At Lyons & Simmons, we believe that companies that appreciate the hazards associated with their work are more likely to help their workers avoid serious, lifelong injuries.
A severe injury due to electric shock can be life-altering. You deserve to work with an attorney who understands the cause of these injuries, understands the long-term consequences, and has a proven track record of holding those responsible for your injuries accountable. Lyons & Simmons, LLP: When the result means everything: Call (844) 297-8898 to discuss your legal options.