Did you know that around 30-60 people are struck by lightning every year in the UK? It’s perhaps not as uncommon an experience as you’d expect! This usually results in around 3 deaths. Although the average lightning strike sends a voltage of around 300kV through the human body, and the average industrial electrical shock sends a voltage of only 20-60kV, there are far more injuries and fatalities caused by lower-voltage electrical shocks each year. This is most likely because the average low-voltage electrical shock lasts for around half a second, while a lightning strike lasts for only a few milliseconds.
What happens to the body during an electric shock?
The human body is a great conductor; most likely because our bodies use electrical impulses themselves to function. Unfortunately, this means that even small electric shocks can be devastating to the nervous system. A shock of around 50kV can disrupt the electrical signals between the brain and muscles, stopping the lungs from expanding and the heart from beating. It can also trigger muscle spasms that are powerful enough to cause dislocations or broken bones. Electrical burns are caused when the current heats the body’s tissue as it flows through it. These can be life threatening. Thermal burns can also be caused if a person is nearby when an electrical device shorts out or explodes.
What to do if you have received an injury that wasn’t your fault
If you have received an electric shock injury due to faulty equipment, a lack of training, or someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This includes receiving an electrical shock in a public place, or as a result of purchasing a faulty electrical item. If you’d like to know more about personal injury compensation, simply call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline.
You’re under no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call, but if you’d like to go ahead most claims can usually be conducted over the telephone without the claimant having to attend court themselves. We work on a no win no fee* basis, and are proud to have the endorsement of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so give us a call today on 0800 689 0500.