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How an Electric Shock Can Damage Your Heart

By Grant Law Office on December 10, 2022

High-voltage electric shocks can cause long-term damage to the body and potentially cause death. The damage caused by the shock can range from minor burns to severe tissue damage and can even cause organs to fail. In some cases, the damage caused by a high-voltage electric shock can be permanent, leading to a lifetime of pain and suffering.

When you suffer a high-voltage electric shock, one of the most immediate and serious dangers is cardiac arrest, which occurs when the electrical current disrupts the heart’s normal electrical rhythm. This can lead to death or permanent brain damage if not treated immediately. Other immediate effects of shock include burns, muscle damage, and respiratory problems.

Depending on the severity of the initial injury, it is possible to develop various long-term complications due to electrical shock. For example, someone with mild electrical shock may only experience minor skin burns. In contrast, someone who suffers a more severe electrical shock may experience more serious injuries, such as organ damage or even death. In addition, electrical shock can cause long-term problems with the nervous system, leading to problems with movement, sensation, and cognition. More severe electrical shocks can also cause heart problems, leading to arrhythmias or heart failure.

Symptoms of Electric Shock Damage

When a person suffers an electric shock, the current flowing through their body can cause damage to the tissues, organs, and nervous system. The damage’s extent depends on the current’s strength, the exposure’s duration, and the path the current takes through the body. Common symptoms of electric shock damage include burns, muscle spasms, and paralysis.

Common Causes of Electric Shock Damage

Unfortunately, electrical accidents are relatively common. One of the most common causes is when electrical wiring that is not adequately insulated. This can happen in homes, office buildings, or any other building that has been wired irresponsibly. If the electric wiring is not sufficiently protected, coming into contact with it can result in an electric shock.

Another common cause of electric shock damage is electrical appliances that are not adequately grounded. This can happen when the device is not correctly plugged into an outlet or if the outlet itself is not sufficiently placed.

Treatment for Electric Shock

The treatment for electric shock will vary depending on the severity of the injury sustained. For minor burns, the area may only need to be cleaned and bandaged. More severe burns may require major surgery. And any damaged suffered in the heart or another organ can require intensive care and rehabilitation.

If you have been the victim of a severe electric shock, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately. The treatment for electric shock will vary depending on the severity of the injury, but it can be potentially life-threatening. Seek medical help as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome.

Compensation for Electrical Shock

Building owners and managers are required to take adequate steps to ensure that their premises are maintained in a way that protects all inhabitants from the risk of electric shock. If you suffer from a dangerous electric shock due to improper construction, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the parties responsible for putting you at risk.

If you have been electrocuted while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help you cover your medical expenses and lost wages. You may also be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering. To learn more about what benefits you may be eligible for, you should speak to an experienced attorney.

Electric shock accidents can often be very serious. The Grant Law Office can help you to understand your rights and options and can ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Schedule an appointment with our office by calling (404) 995-3955.

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