Treating Electrical Burns

Posted December 31st, 2013 by .

Categories: Personal Injury.

Electric current is dangerous, and burns resulting from exposure to electricity can be accompanied by unique, severe symptoms. If you’ve suffered electrical burns in an accident, Newark personal injury attorney Anthony Carbone can help you fight for the restitution you deserve.

Even if damage to the skin looks minimal after initial exposure to current, electrical burns can cause multiple complications, including:

  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), which can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and increased risk of heart attack
  • Pain, numbness or contractions in the muscles
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Cuts, bruises and broken bones, if the victim was thrown backward by the shock

If you were injured by electric current, seek medical attention immediately. Paramedics should be called to the scene of the accident to evaluate injuries and, if necessary, perform CPR. A doctor will then conduct a full examination, including:

  • Burn severity assessment: Damage to the body and symptoms of burn injuries are determined on a scale from first-degree (superficial damage; similar to a sunburn) to fourth-degree (severe damage extending into muscle and bone tissue)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): Checks for arrhythmia by monitoring electrical activity in the heart
  • Lab tests: Analysis of blood and urine after an electrical burn can test for muscle damage

Unfortunately, electrical burns can have many causes, from defective products to a workplace injury. If you were exposed to electric current due to someone else’s carelessness, Mr. Carbone can review the circumstances and gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.

To learn more about how our Newark personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for electrical burns or other injuries caused by another person’s reckless conduct, please contact The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone or call 201-963-6000 today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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