Electrocution refers to death incurred by electrical shock to the human body. Although technically it can cause death, a person can be electrocuted and still survive. Depending on the severity of the electrical shock and how soon they receive medical attention, the person may recover. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to securing the most favorable compensation for people injured or killed in electrocution accidents in Chicago, IL.
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What Happens In An Electrocution Accident?
When the human body is exposed to an electrical current, the current finds a pathway through the body, usually entering at the source and finding an exit to either a grounded surface or another electrical pathway. The extent of damage of the current depends on the voltage, the amount of time the current passes through the body and the pathway it chooses. There will be burns to the tissue as it enters and exits the body and possibly internal burning as well. Other systems that are affected:
- Cardiovascular system. Asystole (as referred to as a “flat line” or lack of heartbeat) and ventricular fibrillation (useless fluttering of heart) both are common reason for death with electrocution. If the heart is not revived in a timely manner, the shock can be fatal.
- Central nervous system. When electricity passes through the body, it can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. If the current goes through the brain, it can affect many different functions, including causing respiratory failure. There can also be spinal cord injuries, either from the current itself or from the person falling or being thrown from the current.
- Musculoskeletal system. There can be large amounts of damage to the muscles and organs from the electrical shock and from injuries from falling or being thrown.
Circumstances Involved In Illinois Electrocution Injury Cases
For electrocution to take place, it is generally when a person is exposed to a high voltage source. It may be a power line or someone who works with high-powered equipment. Construction workers doing excavation or trenching work may be at risk for electrical shock if power lines are not properly marked.
Medical Treatment For A Person Who Has Been Electrocuted
In the case of electrocution, the person will most likely need resuscitation if their heart has stopped or they have respiratory failure. The first and foremost treatment will be to make sure they are breathing and their heartbeat is stable. The patient then will need to be treated for several possible injuries.
- Burns. Almost all electrocution survivors will have severe external and internal burns. These may need surgery to remove dead or damaged tissue to the skin and tissue. Infection is the most common cause of death in persons hospitalized after an electrical injury.
- Cardiovascular problems. There can be permanent damage to the heart, which may require surgery or medical attention for the rest of the victim’s life.
- Neurological issues. There can be many issues caused by electrical shock to the brain and nervous system. This may mean being treated for amnesia, seizures, nerve damage and other neurological problems.
- Muscle and bones. There can be broken bones and muscle damage that may require treatment, surgery and rehabilitation.
Prognosis For People With Electrocution Injuries
Several hundred people die each year in the U.S. from electrocution, about 1 per day in the work place. Several thousand also have injuries, about 3,600 a year are disabling. If a person lives beyond 72 hours after a severe electrical shock, the prognosis is good that they will survive the shock. However, many survivors will have many other injuries that will need to heal and be treated, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
For a skilled laborer injured due to an electrical accident at work, the injury may prevent them from returning to their position. Depending upon the circumstance, the worker may be entitled to pursue a workers compensation case and/or a third-party lawsuit against the other contractors involved in the work.Chicago Electrocution Injury Accident Lawyers
An electrical shock injury may cause immediate and permanent injury to the individual. In addition to the medical expenses related to the injury, the individual may be unable to return back to their job. As lawyers for people who have suffered an electrical injury, our job to provide for your immediate needs and the future needs of your family. Our Chicago electrocution accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have helped other clients with electrocution cases and we would be honored to do the same for you. We offer free consultations and never charge a fee without a recovery for you.