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Electrical Burns

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Electrical injuries happen when current travels through the body due to contact with an electrical source. Burns often occur when current flows in the body and the clothing catches fire. In such instances, the body converts electricity into heat, thereby leading to thermal burns. In electrical burns, it’s important to understand that outer injuries do not determine the severity of the injuries overall. In fact, in such cases, chances are high that internal organs and tissues are more severely burned than the skin.

As per the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 54% fatal electrical injuries occurred in the industry in 2017, leading to 136 deaths.

Situations Wherein Electrical Injuries Occur

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Electrical burns occur when the human body comes in contact with an electrical source. Severe injuries may take place when:

  • A utility worker falls from a bucket truck and grabs a power line.
  • Children bite an electrical cord.
  • A plugged-in appliance is dropped in water.
  • Power supply is not disconnected before any repairs or installation.
  • A person becomes a victim of an electrical injury at home.

Electrical current may suddenly disrupt specific functions in the body which, in turn, may lead to:

  • Seizures
  • Flutters in the chest
  • Low blood pressure
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Just Like Other Burns, Electrical Burns Also Have 3 Degrees of Severity Including:

  • First-degree burns: These burns injure the outer layer of the skin. They may make the skin appear red and also lead to pain and swelling.
  • Second-degree burns: These burns may be more severe and end up making the skin splotchy.
  • Third-degree burns: These type of injuries may cause damage to all the layers of the skin deep down to the tissues underneath.

Emergency Cases

Severe electrical injuries may lead to loss of consciousness and also cause the heart to stop functioning. Some of the emergency care procedures here include:

  • Airway and support for breathing
  • IV fluids to restore fluid balance in body
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation to provide oxygen-rich air to significant organs in body

In the case of deeper burns and injuries, surgery may also be needed.

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    Ways To Prevent Chemical Burns

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    • Read manufacturer’s instructions before making use of electrical appliances
    • Do not use electrical appliances while using shower
    • Avoid being out in lightning storms

    If you’ve become a victim of electrical burn injuries due to the negligence of another party, you are entitled to get compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and suffering.

    Compensation for Electrical Burn Injuries Include:

    • Medical bills
    • Loss of income
    • Disfigurement
    • Disability
    • Pain and suffering

    Our burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Manley Traeger can help you on your road to recovery. In fact, we can assist you to obtain compensation for all the injuries that were a result of negligence.

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