Delayed electric shock symptoms should not be ignored because they may be signs that a person has suffered a serious electric shock injury. If you experience these symptoms after contact with an electrical source, you should see a doctor. Symptoms include burns, loss of consciousness and trouble breathing.
Delayed electric shock symptoms pose a serious challenge for electric shock victims because they prevent victims from obtaining the prompt medical treatment and care they need. Such delays can have harmful, long-term effects on victims’ health.
Delayed detection, diagnosis and treatment may also prevent victims from timely seeking justice in the courts.
Tell your doctor
The best way to handle delayed electric shock symptoms is to tell your doctor as soon as you become aware of them. You want your doctor to detect, document and treat them as soon as possible.
This goes for all symptoms – no matter how minor they may seem. This is not the time to be stoic.
It’s the time to get the medical care and treatment you need.
Importantly, delays in diagnosis and treatment can also affect the value of your electric shock injury lawsuit as the people or entities responsible for your electric shock injury argue that the “gap of time” between the accident and your reporting of the symptoms undermines the causal relationship between the electric shock and your injuries.
What are delayed electric shock symptoms?
They are symptoms of an electric shock injury that are not initially diagnosed or treated in an emergency room. Days and even weeks can pass before they are diagnosed and documented in medical records.
Additionally, electric shock victims may be experiencing these symptoms, but not realize the connection between the symptoms and an electric shock injury they have suffered.
In order to get the medical care and treatment they need, it’s crucial that electric shock victims report any symptoms – including any conditions they do not normally experience – to a doctor right away.
Symptoms to be aware of
These are some of the most common delayed electric shock symptoms that we as attorneys see most often with accident victims:
- Severe burns (external and internal)
- Cardiac arrest and/or arrhythmia and/or fibrillation of the heart
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Respiratory failure
- Chest pain
- Heart muscle damage
- Brain injuries
- Speech problems
- Nerve damage
- Memory loss
- Hearing loss
- Vision problems
- Spine injury (injuries to the neck and back that occur when the electrical charge physically and forcefully throws a victim)
- Deformity at point of contact
- Loss of kidney function
- Secondary injuries caused by post-shock falls
- Numbness or tingling
- Loss of consciousness
- Muscle pain
- Swelling of limbs due to muscle damage (this is called compartment syndrome and can be caused by electric shocks)
- Broken/fractured bones
There are two main causes of delayed electric shock symptoms:
- Masking – This occurs when a person who has been injured experiences medical conditions that “mask” their electric shock symptoms, causing the injured person to believe the condition is unrelated to and not actually a symptom of an electric shock injury. Masking describes how the intense pain from one medical condition can “mask” other symptoms of other serious injuries, which unfortunately results in the injury going undetected and untreated for weeks or even months.
- Missed or late diagnosis – Too often, doctors focus only on the obvious physical injuries and do not ask important follow-up questions as delayed electric shock symptoms occur. Additionally, thousands of electric shock accident victims are also stuck in unresponsive managed care health insurance plans, where primary doctors can delay treatment for months before writing referrals for (more expensive) visits for diagnostic testing or to medical specialists.
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