Effects of electrocution
The effects of electrocution can be severe and vary depending on factors like the voltage of the electric current, the duration of exposure, and the path the current takes through the body. Here are the effects of electrocution:
– Electric Shock:
When you get electrocuted, you may experience an electric shock, which is a sudden jolt of electricity passing through your body. This can cause a sharp, painful sensation and muscle contractions, making it difficult to let go of the source of electricity.
– Electrical burns:
Electrical burns can happen after electric shock. These burns are painful, debilitating and potentially disfiguring. Burns can damage or destroy a person’s skin and cause extensive damage to a person’s internal tissues, muscle, veins, arteries, and organs. In some cases, burns can cut off blood flow, resulting in possible limb amputation.
Electrocution can cause burns, both external and internal. External burns may appear on the skin where the electric current entered or exited the body. Internal burns can occur in tissues and organs that the electricity passes through, leading to serious damage.
– Organ damage:
Electric currents can disrupt the normal functioning of your body’s organs. The heart and nervous system are particularly vulnerable, and electrocution can cause irregular heartbeats, seizures, or even stop the heart.
Breathing Problems: Electrocution can affect the muscles involved in breathing, potentially leading to difficulty in breathing or temporary cessation of breathing.
Heart damage: The two most common forms of heart damage that can happen after electric shock are arrhythmias (which are irregular heart rhythms) and myocardial injuries (such as heart attacks and cardiac arrest)
Brain damage: Brain damage can happen after electric shock. This can have both neurologic and neuropsychological consequences, resulting in memory loss, depression, deficits in visuospatial reasoning and the ability to perform routine personal and professional tasks.
– Nerve damage after electric shock:
Nerve damage can happen after electric shock and can be very serious and life-threatening because it may interfere with: (1) breathing; (2) heart function; (3) the ability to walk; and (4) the brain’s ability to properly and accurately process pain signals from the body. Electrical shocks can damage nerves in the body, causing pain, tingling sensations, or even temporary or permanent loss of sensation in affected areas.
– Psychological effects:
Electrocution can be a traumatic experience, and some individuals may develop psychological symptoms such as anxiety, fear, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the incident.
– Long-Term consequences:
In severe cases, electrocution can have long-term consequences, including chronic pain, nerve disorders, or permanent disabilities.
– Miscarriage after electric shock
A miscarriage can happen after an electric shock if a pregnant woman who suffers an electrical injury. The woman may be able to bring a negligence lawsuit against the responsible parties and/or file a Workers’ Comp claim against her employer. A wrongful death lawsuit may also be brought on behalf of the embryo or fetus.