What Is Electrocution? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Electrocution occurs when an individual is exposed to a high voltage electrical current. The effects of this shock can range from relatively minor wounds to death. There are certain factors that contribute to how severe the electrocution is including the type of current and circuit, the path the electricity takes in the victim’s body, the strength if the current, and how long the victim was in contact with the current.

Electrocution can cause damage to several important systems in the body, including the cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, nervous systems, and the respiratory system.

Burns from electrocutions can also result in substantial and often permanent damage to the skin and soft tissue, often requiring extensive surgeries and other painful procedures.