Although some electrical burns are mild, they can also be very dangerous and deceptive appearing mild on the surface when there is significant damage to internal organs and muscles. When an electrical current passes through the body, it can burn the skin at the point of contact, cause burns deep inside the body and burn the skin at the point where the current exits the body. The electrical current can also cause the heart to stop or to beat irregularly.
If you experience an electrical burn you should seek immediate medical attention, even if the burn seems minor.
Symptoms of Electrical Burns
Symptoms of electrical burns depend on what parts of your body were affected, whether you were burned internally and where, as well as the severity. Symptoms of internal harm can appear immediately or can take months to develop. Symptoms of electrical burns can include:
- Visible burns or wounds to the skin
- Memory loss
- Rapid heartrate
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty walking
- Balance problems
- Pain throughout the body
- Red or dark urine
Types of Electrical Burns
There are three main types of electrical burns:
- Contact burn – electrical contact burn is more dangerous than it sounds because it can involve internal injuries. It is caused by direct contact with the electrical current which often travels through the body, burning tissues inside along its path.
- Flash burn – only affects the skin but can damage a large area of the skin. The burn comes from the heat of an electrical arc, and the current does not enter the body.
- Flame burn – occurs if an electrical current ignites items and causes fire.
If you have suffered electrical burns, please, do not wait until it’s too late to get help. Contact an experienced burn injury attorney today.
In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, the attorneys at Sheridan & Rund represent victims of burn injury. If you or someone you love is in need of legal assistance, call Sheridan & Rund, at 310-640-1200, toll free at 888-640-6789.