Electrocution refers to an electric shock that occurs upon the contact of a human body with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current flow through the muscles or nerves. The current may cause tissue damage, heart fibrillation or death. Electric shocks are accountable for around 1,000 deaths in the United States annually, or close to 1 percent of all accidental deaths. The severity of the injury depends on the current's pressure, the amount of current, the body's resistance to the current, the current's path through the body and how long the body remains in contact with the current. Most often, the nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems are the most commonly damaged in addition to possible skin burns. Neurological problems may be permanent depending on the severity of the shock and length of time in contact.
The bulk of electrocutions are work-related injuries, followed by private consumers usually in their own home because of unsafe home maintenance or a defective or dangerous product. An experienced electrocution accident attorney, such as Bobby Warner, will help you or a loved one receive compensation quickly.