Chest pain after electric shock is an injury that must be taken very seriously. Not only can it result in painful and disabling chest pain, but it may also be a symptom that you have suffered a severe electrical injury and that your body has suffered other related electrical injuries. It is frequently associated with heart damage and internal injuries.
When you or a loved one has suffered an injury to the chest in an electrical accident, an experienced electrocution lawyer can help you and your family protect your legal rights and ensure that you recover the best settlement possible in your case. An electric shock case is also very different from other types of personal injury case, and an electrocution lawyer who is familiar with these cases can also help to identify all of the responsible parties.
What affects the severity of chest pain after an electric shock?
The severity of chest pain and other injuries after electric shock will depend on the following factors: (1) amperage of the electrical current; (2) the pathway the current takes in your body; (3) duration of exposure; (4) your health and medical condition; and (5) the type of electrical current (AC or DC).
Does having this pain mean I have heart damage?
It is possible that your chest pain is a symptom of you having suffered heart damage as a result of an electric shock. The two most common types of heart damage you may have suffered are: (1) arrhythmias or irregular heart rhythms; and (2) myocardial injuries such as heart attacks and cardiac arrest.
Tell your doctor if you are suffering chest pain after electric shock
If you are suffering from chest pain after electric shock, you should tell your doctor as soon as possible. If you have already called 9-1-1, then let the first responders and emergency room doctors know about your pain and any other conditions. It is crucial to detect, document and treat as soon as possible.
Do not wait and do not delay in seeking medical attention for your pain after an electrical accident. Delays in reporting, diagnosing and treating can hurt the value of your electric shock injury lawsuit because negligent parties will always attempt to claim the “gap of time” between your electric shock accident and your reporting of your pain or other injuries undermines the causal and temporal relationship between when you suffered your electrical injuries.
Testing and diagnosing
When you seek medical attention for your chest pain, your doctor will likely recommend you undergo diagnostic testing to identify and diagnose your injuries. It is also likely your doctor will refer you to a cardiologist to evaluate possible damage to your heart.
The diagnostic testing that you may be referred for includes: (1) electrocardiogram; (2) echocardiogram; (3) angiogram; (4) heart computed tomography; (5) heart/cardiac MRI; (6) CT scans; and (7) X-rays for fractures and dislocations.
Do I have a lawsuit if i suffer from chest pain after an electric shock?
If your chest pain is the result an electric shock that you suffered somewhere other than work, then you then you may be able to file an electric shock lawsuit against the negligent party for pain and suffering compensation and other economic damages.
What if I have suffered a chest injury after an electrical accident at work?
When your suffer a chest injury caused by an electrical accident you suffered at work, you may be limited to only filing a claim for Workers’ Comp benefits against your employer – depending on whether your state’s Workers’ Compensation Law has an “exclusive remedies” provision. However, many personal injury lawyers mistakenly reject serious and legitimate cases, erroneously believing they are barred by Workers’ Comp laws. Often there are contractors or third-parties who can be identified who are also responsible for the electric shock injury.
However, if the parties responsible for the electrical accident that caused your chest pain are neither your employer nor a coworker, then you may be able to bring negligence lawsuit for pain and suffering compensation against the responsible third parties.
Get help from an experienced electric shock injury lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of serious personal injury or death caused by electricity, 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 electric shock that was 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 electric shock injury and wrongful death cases involving electricity. You can call Jeff toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.