Most people know that electrocution can cause death, but what about temporary or permanent disabilities? Unfortunately, electrocution can cause major neurological damage that may make it difficult or impossible for you to return to work. Minor incidents rarely result in disabilities, unless you have pre-existing conditions. However, a major incident could very easily put an end to your career in construction.
One study published by the National Library of Medicine confirms that damage to the nervous system remains the most commonly reported. You may also experience severe burns and damage to the respiratory and cardiac systems.
What are some common electrocution complications?
Whether you sustained electrocution injuries by lightning or man-made systems, symptoms may persist for anywhere from a few seconds to a lifetime. These are some of the many conditions you may encounter:
- Neuromuscular junction disorders
- Ruptured tympanic membrane
- Hypoxic encephalopathy
- Intracranial bleeding
- Chronic epilepsy
- Postural hypotension
Can electrocution lead to PTSD?
After a major electrocution incident, it is natural to feel some apprehension about returning to work. If you are an engineer, electrician or work outdoors, you might feel even more fearful, because the risks of it happening again are higher for you than for others. After a few months, this fear generally goes away. If it does not, you may need to seek treatment for PTSD. If PTSD is severe enough, you may become eligible for disability benefits while it lasts.
The important thing to remember is that there is nothing irrational about your fear. Electricity is a necessary but dangerous component of everyday life. It takes not just skill but also the courage to risk its wrong side, and when you no longer feel up to the task, it is important to consider your options carefully.