Burns can occur in a number of ways. We tend to think they occur purely through heat, but electrical burns can be just as painful as those caused in other ways. First aid is definitely called for when treating electrical burns. Every electrical burn, regardless of how minor it might seem, should result in the affected person attending hospital for treatment.
In the meantime, treating electrical burns can be done by ensuring the burn does not get any worse. Do make sure you protect yourself while assessing the condition of the person. While lightning can cause electrical burns, they are far more likely to occur through direct contact with live current. As such, it could well be the person is still in contact with the current. If you touch them, you too could receive a shock.
Call for medical help
Make sure you phone for help if the person is unconscious or the injury has clearly been serious. In some cases, especially where major accidents or incidents are concerned, power lines or cables could be down. In these instances you should stay well away, even if this means you cannot reach the injured person.
In some cases the person may be alert and talking, and they may not seem badly injured. However, even if the burn looks superficial on the outside, damage may also have been done internally where the electricity passed through the body. This is why professional medical help should always be sought.
Treating electrical burns correctly can improve chances of recovery
There is a limit to what first aid can do for someone suffering from electrical burns. However, you may be able to remove the source of electricity, possibly by cutting the power or by using a piece of wood or plastic to move cables away from the person. Make sure you don’t touch them with anything else. CPR can help a person survive if they’ve stopped breathing. Keep them warm and wait for help.
While cases such as these are uncommon, they can occur. When someone else’s negligence leads to an electrical burn being experienced, the injured person may have a chance to get compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here on 0800 689 0500 if you wish to seek no-obligation advice regarding this matter. Call within three years of your experience to learn more and have a chance to claim.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead