What is an Electric Shock?

An electric shock occurs when there is direct contact between a person and a source of electricity, which results in an electric current passing through the body. 

It is integral to seek medical attention immediately after an electric shock whether or not emergency treatment is required.

Electrocution Definition

Technically, electrocution refers to a situation where electric shock results in death. However, many people now use the term synonymously with electric shock.

Common Causes of Electric Shock and Electrocutions

Electrocutions can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Using frayed or damaged electrical cords 
  • Inadequate wiring such that the energy exceeds the wires’ capacity
  • Plugging too many cords into one circuit, which raises the entire system’s temperature
  • Using defective electrical outlets or extension cords 
  • Running electricity in an open circuit 
  • Coming into contact with exposed electrical lines in buildings or downed power lines
  • Lightning strikes
  • Using temporary wiring in place of permanent ones 

Electrocution Liability 

Building owners and electrical companies have a responsibility to maintain electrical lines adequately to prevent electrocution injury. Failure to do so may open them to premises liability lawsuits or death by electrocution caused by contact with the exposed lines.

Another common cause of electrocution is coming into contact with dangerous or defective consumer products. These include electrical tools, kitchen and household  appliances, hairdryers, irons, and other electrically-powered products. Manufacturers have a duty to design, make, and sell products that are not dangerous or defective. If they fail to do so or do not warn consumers of the inherent dangers of using their products, they may be liable for the resultant electric shock injuries.

Electrocution injuries can also occur in the workplace, most commonly to construction workers. Employers must provide a safe workplace environment for their employees. Failure to follow the guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could open an employer to liability and electrocution lawsuits.

If you have sustained an electric shock due to another’s negligence, whether it be at your workplace, from a defective product, or any other reason, The Law Center can help. Call 866-465-1419 or fill out the form below to be connected with a leading electrocution lawyer. 

Electrocution Symptoms

Electrocution symptoms depend on the severity of the shock. They include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing
  • Headaches
  • Burns
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Hearing issues
  • Problems with hearing
  • Compartment syndrome (internal damage)

Some electrocution symptoms may not occur immediately after the incident, so it’s best to remain cautious and seek medical attention right away. 

Electrocution Injuries

Accidental electrocution can burn both external and internal tissue and lead to organ damage. External electrical injuries include skin burns, while internal ones include damage to the body’s organs, muscles, bones, and nerves. It could also lead to abnormal heart rhythms or cardiac arrest in severe cases.

The extent of injuries depends on factors such as:

  • The strength of the current
  • The type of current
  • How the current moved through the body
  • The length of the exposure time
  • How healthy the victim was at the time of the accident
  • How quickly victims get treatment

The most common electric shock-related injury is an electrical burn, which is often non-fatal. It mostly occurs on the hands or feet when a victim comes into contact with energized electrical equipment or wiring. However, electrical burns can also occur elsewhere on the body.

Electric Shock Lawsuits

If you were injured in an electrocution accident caused by the wrongful actions of another person, business, or entity, you may be entitled to bring an electric shock lawsuit. 

How The Law Center Can Help

The Law Center is dedicated to ensuring victims of wrongful death and injury have access to the legal and medical resources they need to seek justice and obtain fair compensation. Call 866-465-1419 or fill out the form below to be connected with a premier electric shock injury lawyer in your area.