Electric Shock

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Compensation for Electric Shock Victims

Personal injury compensation for electric shock victims can include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement

What is Electric Shock?

At its strongest, an electrical current will cause burns, an injury commonly called “electric burn.” The burns may be an obvious surface wound, or completely internal. In the case of internal injuries, there may be only entry and exit wounds visible on the body. Even when exterior wounds are small, the internal damage may be significant.

The outcome of an electric shock to an individual depends on the intensity of the voltage to which the person was exposed, the route of the current through the body, the victim’s state of health, and the speed and adequacy of the treatment. Death by electric shock is called electrocution.

Electric Shock Injuries

Electric current can cause injury in three main ways:

  • Cardiac arrest due to the electrical effect on the heart.
  • Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction from a current passing through the body.
  • Thermal burns from contact with the electrical source.

Compensation for Electrocution Wrongful Death

When someone dies from electrocution, the person’s family may have a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible for the electrocution. Wrongful death compensation law varies by state. In most states, the family may seek to recover compensation for the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of care and comfort

Electric Shock and Electrocution Causes

The causes of electric shock and electrocution can include the following:

  • Accidental contact with exposed parts of electrical appliances or wiring
  • Young children biting or chewing on electrical cords, or poking metal objects into the electrical outlet
  • Lightning
  • Flashing of electric arcs from high-voltage power lines
  • Machinery or occupational-related exposures
  • Defective products

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