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Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner | Apr 16, 2010

Electric shock accident injuries

Thousands of injuries result from electrical shocks every year. Such injuries occur both on the job and even at home. A shock may occur when someone comes into contact with an electrical energy source. The severity of the injury depends on the amperage, whether the current was direct or alternating, the path of the current through the victim, the voltage, and how long the victim remained in contact with the current. Although the severity of the injury is primarily determined by the voltage, low voltage can be just as dangerous as high voltage under the right circumstances. These incidents occur often, with some having no consequences and others resulting in serious personal injuries, including death (electrocution).

The nervous system is particularly vulnerable to electrical injury and neurological problems are the most common kind of non-lethal harm suffered by electric shock victims. Neurological problems may be apparent right after the accident, or may gradually build up over a period of years.

Electric shocks can also paralyze the respiratory system or disrupt heart action, causing instant death. Also at risk are the smaller veins and arteries, which can develop blood clots. Damage to the smaller vessels is likely one reason why amputation is often required following high-voltage injuries.

Many other sorts of personal injuries may occur after an electric shock, including kidney failure, cataracts, and destruction of muscle tissue. The victim may fall or be hit by debris from exploding equipment. An electric arc may set nearby flammable substances on fire. Strong shocks may be accompanied by violent muscle spasms that can break and dislocate bones.

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The attorneys affiliated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC help families and individuals across Illinois to recover maximum settlements and verdicts arising out of the damages and personal injuries caused by the negligence, wrongful conduct or intentional harm of other individuals, businesses or companies, in areas of injury including medical malpractice, personal injury, traumatic brain injury, auto accidents and workers compensation cases, to name a few.

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