If the exposure to electricity results in death, it is known as electrocution.
Luckily, not all people who come into contact with an electric current are killed.
Many people just experience an electric shock.
However, injuries sustained in these events may lead to death later on.
Contact with electricity usually results in three types of injuries
- Burns - These occur because electricity heats up body tissue.
Some of these burns can be deadly.
- Ventricular fibrillation - This occurs when electricity goes directly to the heart, and can cause chest injuries, including burns and skin problems.
This term is most often associated with the attempt to restart a heart.
The direct application of electricity can shock a heart back to life.
- Neurological injuries - Electricity can seriously affect the nervous system.
The neurological consequences of this event may include paralysis.
It is not often that you see a power line laying on the ground, posing an extreme danger.
However, when power strips or surge protectors fail, the result may be painful injuries.
Anther common source of injury is unprotected electric wires.
We have all seen that "spark" that occurs when we put those red and black wires together.
Water and electricity coming into contact with each other can also have deadly results.
Simply knowing about these hazards will reduce the risk for injury.
However, sometimes these incidents are unavoidable.
When electrocution accidents do happen, it is important that innocent victims secure compensation from the person or entity responsible for their injuries.
If you have been a victim of negligence, visit the website of the Indianapolis electrocution injury attorneys of The Hankey Law Office, P.