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What types of injuries may result from electrocution?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Personal Injury

Electrocution injuries can occur when a person has contact with a low or high-voltage electrical charge. They can happen anywhere there is electricity.

The injuries from this type of accident can be mild, but in many cases, they are life-threatening.


Electrical burns can occur on the skin where the current enters or exits the body. These burns can vary in severity, from minor burns that only affect the outer layer of skin to more severe burns that damage deeper tissues and require medical intervention.

Tissue damage

Electrocution can cause damage to internal tissues and organs. The electrical current can disrupt the normal functioning of muscles and nerves. This leads to pain, numbness and muscle contractions. In severe cases, the current can cause tissue necrosis, which is when tissue dies. This may require surgical intervention.

Cardiac arrest

Electrical current can disrupt the heart’s normal rhythm. This can lead to a sudden loss of heart function, which is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. It may require assistance on the scene of the accident, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation.

Long-term complications

Electrocution can also lead to long-term complications. These may include nerve damage, chronic pain and psychological trauma.

The type and extent of electrocution injuries can vary depending on the severity of the shock and the path the electrical current takes through the body. In some cases, the effects of electrocution injuries may not be immediately apparent. However, individuals should always seek medical care after an incident for an assessment.

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