Electrical burns can occur when a strong electrical current passes through the body. This can cause visible damage to the skin or it can cause internal damage which may result in complications. Health problems that could result from severe electric shock include:
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Cardiac arrest
- Deep tissue damage
The patient may also suffer from a broken bone as a result of the jolt from electric shock. If the shock is serious, you should call emergency services immediately. In the meantime you can begin treating electrical burns by looking at the cause of the shock. Do not touch the patient until you have turned off the electricity or you have removed the source of the burns. Do this by using something that does not conduct the current such as something made of rubber or wood. Check the patient for signs of life if they are unconscious. Check breathing and check the pulse. If you do not feel a pulse or they are gasping for breath, begin CPR immediately until help comes or until they show signs of life. Try to lay them with their legs elevated slightly and check for visible burns. You can cover these with a sterile bandage of a clean cloth. Some of the loose fibres from certain materials (such as towels) may stick to the burn so try to use a bandage if available. Ensure that you call for help if the patient is in danger.
Accidental electrical burns and shocks
If you find yourself treating electrical burns in someone you work with, you should question why the accident happened. It may have been due to a simple mistake made by an electrical engineer or it could have been due to inadequate maintenance of equipment. There may have been loose electrical wires which caused the shock. Have a look around to check what caused the shock and try to remove the hazard without harming yourself. If there was an electrical hazard that was not controlled in your workplace, and you suffered electrical burns, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. You can fight for this with the help of a claims company like Accident Advice Helpline. We are a reputable law firm which helps victims of accidents that were the fault of someone else to claim compensation for their injuries. If this sounds like you, you can give our team a call to discuss a potential compensation claim.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown