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How do electrical shocks affect the human body?

Unsafe Missouri buildings that contain faulty or damaged wiring can result in an unwary person receiving a nasty electric shock. Depending on the severity of the shock, a person may experience severe health problems afterward. In fact, if the electric shock is strong enough, it could result in a person's death.

The Winchester Hospital explains that some symptoms may be low key. Following an electric shock, you could feel weak or disoriented. Receiving a burst of electricity can also cause you to experience headaches. The sensation in your limbs might also be disrupted, even to the point that your body feels numb in places or you experience a tingling sensation.

A jolt of electricity can also affect your muscles. Since shocks create muscle contractions that are severe in nature, you might take a sudden fall. Depending on bad the fall is, you could suffer severe injuries upon impact. These injuries can include breaking one or more of your bones.

Harsher symptoms can show themselves in the circulatory system of your body. A shock can result in lower blood pressure, which might evidence itself as weakness or dizziness. More severely, you could undergo seizures. You might also experience heart arrhythmias that feel like a fluttering in the chest. Damage to the heart can also show up in the form of heart disease. A shock could also produce a fatal cardiac arrest.

Additionally, electric shocks can inflict severe burns on the human skin. Just like any other kind of burn, electric burns can range through first, second and third degree burns, with first degree burns inflicting damage to the outer layer and third degree burns damaging all the way through the skin tissue. The aftereffects of electric burns can, if severe enough, permanently disfigure the appearance of a person.

Keep in mind that this article is not written to convey legal advice. It is only written to educate on the subject of premises liability.

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