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What long-term health complications can electrocution lead to?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Electricity is a powerful force that fuels much of the modern world, but it can also pose serious risks, especially when accidents at work happen. Electrocution is a frightening possibility for employees in situations involving exposed wiring or faulty appliances.

While immediate injuries from electrocution are often apparent, long-term health complications can also require workers’ compensation.

Neurological damage

One of the most concerning long-term effects of electrocution is neurological damage. Electric shocks can disrupt the normal functioning of the nervous system, leading to issues such as chronic pain, numbness, tingling sensations and muscle weakness.

In severe cases, workers may experience long-lasting cognitive impairment, memory problems or difficulty concentrating. These impact their quality of life and ability to hold a job.

Cardiac problems

Electrical shocks can also have lasting effects on the heart. Even if a person survives the initial shock, they may be at risk of developing arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, in the future. These abnormal rhythms can increase the likelihood of heart attacks, stroke or sudden cardiac arrest, posing serious threats to long-term cardiovascular health.

Burn injuries

Burn injuries are common in cases of electrocution and can result in lasting damage to the skin, muscles and other tissues. Severe burns may require extensive medical treatment, including skin grafts and reconstructive surgery, and can leave individuals with permanent scars and disfigurement. These injuries can also have psychological effects, impacting self-esteem in social settings or work.

Respiratory issues

Inhalation of smoke or chemicals released during an electrical fire can lead to respiratory problems. Damage to the lungs may cause breathing difficulties or increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. In severe cases, workers may develop conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which are harmful considering how many parts of a person’s health breathing affects.

Employers should understand the importance of electrical safety measures and take steps to protect employees. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.