Sometimes, reality is stranger than fiction. A recent study found out that some people, especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they'd rather be in pain. The researchers found that about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men chose electric shocks over their own company. As Virginia electric shock injury attorneys, we know that the small shock these people were subjected to wasn't a very strong shock, as the device was built around a 9 volt battery. Unlike the electrical shocks that some of our clients have been subjected to. A true electric shock injury causes external and internal burns and delivers a much greater wallop -- even throwing a person several feet through the air. It can also have potentially life-altering effect for the victim.
One of our electrical shock injury clients was a commercial pilot who was permanently disabled by an electrical shock injury suffered in a Virginia hotel room. We were able to obtain $1.5 million in a settlement with the hotel's owner.
In some cases where the victim survives, an electrical shock injury can cause terrible, disfiguring burns that are called electric burns. What makes such burns unusual is that your naked eye may not be able to see them. Some of these burns are entirely inside the body. If you suffer from such a burn, you may lose feeling in your leg or arm or other body part. In wrongful death cases caused by electrocution, a different set of monetary damages applies and each state has a damages statute that must be consulted.
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