First Aid for Electrical Burns
Electrical burns are relatively rare compared to thermal burns, but they can be very dangerous. Because of the potential for serious harm, everyone should be familiar with first aid for these injuries. If electrical burn victims do not receive the treatment they need, they can suffer serious and potentially fatal medical complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered an electrical burn from a defective product or another person’s careless actions, you could be able to receive compensation. The Iowa electrical burn attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will use the full resources at our disposal to fight for justice for you. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more.
Responding to an Electrical Burn
The primary danger of electrical burns is the risk of internal injuries that may not cause many symptoms on the surface of the skin. Even if there is only some redness and irritation at the site of the injury, this does not automatically mean that the damage is minor. To help a person who has suffered an electrical shock, take the following steps:
- Carefully separate the person from the source of electricity. Do not touch the person directly until you have shut off the source. If this is not possible, use cardboard, plastic, or wood to protect your hands while moving him or her.
- Keep the person lying down with his or her legs elevated to reduce the risk of shock. If he or she is having trouble breathing or has a faint heartbeat, begin administering CPR.
- Seek medical assistance. If the victim is not suffering severe symptoms (such as breathing difficulties, racing or faint heartbeat, cold clammy skin, etc) call a clinic or hospital to ask for advice on handling the situation. If the injury seems severe, call emergency services.
If your or your loved one’s injuries were caused by another party’s negligence, our Iowa electrical burn injury lawyers can help you fight for fair compensation.
Injury victims can sometimes qualify for compensation for medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.