Electric, Thermal & Chemical Burns
Electric accidents and electric shock accidents often result in significant burns to the body, especially at the point of entry such as an arm, leg or torso. In addition, there will be an entrance and exit wound. The injuries generally occur as a result of alternating currents.
Cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, respiratory arrest, and loss of consciousness can result. The severity of the injury depends on the voltage, current and length of contact. Electric shock injuries are especially dangerous because muscle spasms caused by the electrical current can cause the body to seize, increasing the length of exposure to the wire, etc.
In addition to electrical shock, thermal burn injuries can be quite significant. These kinds of burns result when there is contact with a flame. These types of injuries are the most common causes of burns. The longer the contact with the flame, the more severe the burn.
In addition, chemical burns can result in significant injuries. In the case of a chemical burn, the damage will continue until the chemical is deactivated. In emergency situations, water is usually the only way to begin deactivating a chemical. The nature and extent of the chemical burn injury will depend on the strength of the chemical and the length of contact with the skin.
Treatment of Burns
Whether caused by an electrical, thermal or chemical accident, burns are incredibly painful. Damage to layers of skin can be severe. The dermis, epidermis, and hypodermis can be injured. Depending on the severity of the burn, nerve endings may be damaged and exposed. In severe cases, muscle tissue and even bone can be affected.
Treatment of such injuries and burns can range from debridement and multiple skin grafts to amputation in the most severe cases. Burn treatment usually focuses on management of fluids, ventilation, and infection control. Surgery is often necessary to relieve pressure or edema. Skin grafts may be obtained from the individual or allografts (donor tissue from cadavers or other individuals) may be used. Infection, excessive scarring, skin changes, and contractures may result. Extensive treatment including physical therapy is often needed, even into the future.
Damage Claims in Burn Lawsuits
In an electrical accident lawsuit, proving the extent of the damages requires having knowledge of the extent and nature of burn treatment. Even after the burns are healed, the individual may suffer long term physical, psychological and emotional effects, especially when scarring results. Future medical costs are often high, especially in cases of severe burns. Therefore, claims for future medical treatment and future pain and suffering should be considered.
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- PA NJ Electrical Accident Legal Article: What to Expect in an Electrical Accident Lawsuit
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