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Modern life would not be possible without electricity. We rely on electric power to heat our homes, cook our food, and run our computers and televisions. But electricity is also a powerful energy capable of causing death and serious injury.

Electricity is formed when electrons move through a substance. The electrons have one goal: to reach the ground. They will take the shortest path available. Certain substances called “insulators” can stop or slow the flow of electricity. Other substances, known as conductors, allow electricity to flow freely through them. Common conductors include metal wires, water and human skin.

When electricity flows through the body, it causes a condition known as electric shock. Electric shock usually occurs when a person comes in contact with poorly insulated or damaged wiring. The severity of the electric shock injury depends on the amount of current and on how long the person is exposed to the current.

You’ve probably touched an outlet a received a small shock. It felt like a buzz or vibration through your hand. A severe shock can cause muscle contractions, muscle spasms, paralysis, unconsciousness, and even death. There may be burns in the place where the current entered and left the body.

When an electric shock is caused by contact with electrical wires or electrical appliances, the source of the electricity must be shut off. Touching the wires or appliance with bare hands is dangerous. One must either cut the electricity of at the source or use dry, insulated gloves. One should call 911 immediately. The victim should be kept warm and in a horizontal position until help arrives.

Causes of Illinois electrical accidents:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Defective appliances
  • Workplace accidents

Most electric shock injuries are avoidable. If your loved one suffered severe electric shock due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to take legal action. Contact our Rockford personal injury lawyers to learn about Illinois wrongful death claims and electrical injury lawsuits. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-390-6350.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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