Arrhythmia after electric shock is a medical condition that affects the heart’s electrical activity and can result in serious health problems including irregular breathing and loss of consciousness. An experienced electrical accident attorney can help you find the specialized medical care you need and help you recover the compensation and money damages you are legally entitled to.
What is an arrhythmia after electric shock?
An arrhythmia after electric shock is an irregular heart rhythm. It happens when the upper chambers of your heart (atria) or lower chambers (ventricles) beat too fast, too slow or with an unusual pattern.
What are the symptoms of this heart condition?
The symptoms of an arrhythmia after electric shock will depend on the type of arrhythmia you suffer. Some people may experience no symptoms at all, while others may feel their heart beats faster than usual or skip beats. The following are some common symptoms:
- Palpitations – feeling like your heart is skipping a beat or beating too fast
- Shortness of breath – feeling like you can’t get enough air when you breathe in and out
- Chest pain – pain in your chest or abdomen that doesn’t go away with rest and/or medication
How is this heart condition diagnosed?
The doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. He or she may also order an electrocardiogram (ECG) to look for arrhythmias. An ECG records the heart’s electrical impulses, which can help detect abnormal rhythms. If abnormal heart rhythms are suspected based on the ECG results, your doctor may order an echocardiogram, angiogram, and a CT scan to learn more.
Can I file a lawsuit if I suffered this heart condition after an electrical accident?
You may be able to file a lawsuit to sue a utility company or a business if their negligence caused the electric shock that resulted in your arrhythmia. Your recovery in an electrocution personal injury lawsuit will, depending on the state, include pain and suffering compensation as well as economic loss damages to cover your past incurred and future medical bills and reimburse you for wages you could not earn because your injuries kept you from working as well as other economic loss you may have incurred.
What if an electric shock at work caused this heart condition?
It will depend on the laws in your state, but you most likely will only have a Workers’ Compensation claim for medical bills and lost wages against your employer. Most states’ Workers’ Comp laws prohibit injured workers from suing their employers for pain and suffering compensation as a result of a work injury.
However, an advantage to hiring a lawyer who specializes in electrocution and electric shock injury cases is that sometimes an exception can also be found that many lawyers who are not familiar with this area of law can easily miss. For example, if your arrhythmia after electric shock was caused on the job, the key to a successful lawsuit would be to see if it was the negligence of a potential third-party – who is not your employer – who either caused or was also responsible for your heart condition that was caused by the electrical accident. Then, you may be able to successfully sue a third party even when your injury was the result of a work injury.
Get help from an experienced electric shock injury lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of suffering from arrhythmia after an electric shock, you can call and speak with Jeff Feldman, arguably the nation’s most experienced electric shock accident and electrocution attorney. Jeff has litigated electrocution cases and electric shock injury cases in multiple states for families whose loved ones were injured after electrical accidents that were caused by faulty consumer products, negligence in the building and construction industry, downed or low-hanging overhead power cables, and defective or poorly maintained pool equipment. Jeff also consults with injury lawyers throughout the country on electrical accident injury and wrongful death cases involving electricity. You can call Jeff toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.