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What are the long-term health consequences of an electric shock? 

On Behalf of | May 18, 2023 | Injuries

While an electric shock is unpleasant, it is often not life-threatening when dealing with low voltages and can be relatively common depending on the line of work you’re in. Those in manufacturing positions, for example, are likely to find themselves more at risk than others. 

Electric shocks can also take place outside of the workplace and the consequences of a serious shock are potentially life-changing and even fatal. Below are some of the long-term effects an electric shock can have on your health. 

Burns are a common effect of electrocution

The seriousness of these burns can vary widely. More severe burns can cause irreversible damage to the skin with some even penetrating to the muscle or bone.

This can mean that the burn requires significant medical treatment and can have long-lasting effects such as muscle damage, scarring and persistent itching. In the most serious of burn cases, the limb may require amputation. 

Psychological effects include anxiety and depression

Learning to live with a life-altering injury after an electric shock can be incredibly difficult. 

Adjusting to life post-accident can contribute to such psychological conditions as anxiety and depression. Ongoing pain is not uncommon for electrocution patients which can be hard to learn to live with. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and memory loss around the event are also possible given the trauma that’s associated with the accident itself.

If you or a loved one has suffered an electric shock sue to someone else’s negligence, the consequences can make it feel impossible to work and have any enjoyment for life as before. Finding out more about making a claim for compensation can provide a way to look to the future.