5 Ailments Resulting from an Electric Shock Injury

Man who has just been electrocuted talks on the phone with playful look on his face

As you know, electrocution injuries have the potential to inflict serious damage on those who sustain them. There are several conditions electrocutions can cause, and some of them have lifelong implications.

Electrocution injuries occur as a result of a high electrical field strength causing thermal or electrochemical damage to your internal tissues.

These are five ailments you can sustain as a result of being electrocuted:

#1 - Hemolysis

Hemolysis occurs when the red blood cells in your body are ruptured or destroyed. The red blood cells are tasked with the job of carrying oxygen to all parts of your body.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with hemolysis include:

  • Anorexia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Back pain

#2 - Protein Coagulation

Essentially, coagulation occurs when there is a change in the structure of protein prompted by heat, mechanical action, or acids. Proper coagulation is necessary for blood clotting, which is essential when you are injured because it slows the amount of blood you lose from an open wound.

The following symptoms may be warning signs of protein coagulation:

  • Cramps
  • Pain
  • Tender arms or legs
  • Red or purple skin coloration

#3 - Thrombosis

Thrombosis occurs when a blood clot, known as a thrombus, forms within a blood vessel. An injury of this nature can be dangerous because it prevents your blood from flowing naturally through your circulatory system.

Some of the most common symptoms of thrombosis include:

  • Throbbing or cramping pain in one leg (rarely both legs)
  • Swelling in one leg (rarely both legs)
  • Warn skin surrounding the painful area
  • Red or darkened skin near the painful area
  • Swollen veins that are rigid or sore when you touch them

#4 - Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you lose too much of the fluid in your body. This can happen if you don’t replace lost fluids and is a potentially severe health risk.

Some of the signs of dehydration include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling urine
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth, lips, and eyes
  • Urinating fewer than four times per day

#5 - Muscle and Tendon Avulsion

Avulsion fractures can occur when a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament is pulled away from the primary area of the bone. An injury of this nature isn’t necessarily a life-threatening emergency, but it is a serious ailment that requires immediate medical care.

Common symptoms of muscle and tendon avulsions include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving a limb

If you’ve suffered any of the aforementioned conditions as a result of an electric shock through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Let our team see if we can help you recover it.

Contact the skilled team at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law, PC today by calling (877) 989-4878 or by filling out our online contact form to discuss the details of your case.

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