Electrocution refers to death or serious injury due to an electrical shock to the human body. Depending on the severity of the electric shock accident, the person may or may not recover. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to securing the most favorable compensation for people injured or killed in electrocution accidents in Chicago, IL. Talk to a Chicago electrocution accident lawyer today for a free review of your case: Our firm is committed to your success, and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you'll pay nothing until we are successful for you.
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 the damage depends on the voltage, the amount of time the current passes through the body, and the pathway it chooses. Electrical accidents cause burns to the tissue as the current enters and exits the body as well as possible internal burns. Other body systems that are affected include:
- Cardiovascular system: Asystole (referred to as a "flat line" or lack of heartbeat) and ventricular fibrillation (useless fluttering of the heart) are common reasons for death in electrocution cases. 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 by the current.
- Musculoskeletal system: Large amounts of damage to the muscles and organs can stem from the electrical shock and injuries from falling or being thrown.
Circumstances Involved in Illinois Electrocution Injury Cases
When accidental electrocution happens, a person is generally 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 Electrocution Accidents
In an accidental 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 that they are breathing and their heartbeat is stable. Afterward, the patient will need to be treated for several possible injuries.
- Burns: Almost all survivors of electrical accidents will have severe external and internal burns. These may require surgery to remove dead or damaged tissue. Infection is the most common cause of death in people 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: Many issues can be caused by an electrical shock to the brain and nervous system, which may lead to the need for treatment for amnesia, seizures, nerve damage, and other neurological problems.
- Muscle and bones: Broken bones and muscle damage may require treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation.
Prognosis for People With Electrocution Injuries
Several hundred accidental electrocution deaths are reported each year in the U.S. Approximately one person each day dies due to electrical accidents at work. Several thousand more are injured in electrocution cases, and about 3,600 of these injuries per year are disabling. If a person lives beyond 72 hours after a severe electrical shock, the odds are 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 circumstances, 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.
Call Our Chicago Electrocution Injury Accident Lawyers Now
An electrical shock injury may cause immediate and permanent injury to an individual. In addition to the medical expenses related to the injury, the individual may be unable to return to their job, causing long-term financial harm. As lawyers for people who have suffered an electrical injury, our job is to provide for your immediate needs and the future needs of your family. The Chicago electrocution accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have helped other clients with electrocution cases, and we would be honored to do the same for you. We offer free consultations, and we never charge a fee without a recovery for you. Call now to get started.