IP International Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicological Sciences


High voltage electrocution injury – A case report


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Article Type : Case Report

Author Details: Ashish Tyagi*,Shiv Shankar,Hitesh Chawla,Kapil Yadav,Hemant Kumar

Volume : 4

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2456-9615

Print ISSN : 2581-9844

Article First Page : 68

Article End Page : 70


Abstract

High voltage electrical injuries are comparatively unusual but show a high rate of mortality. A dead body of a truck driver who died while his truck trapped in overhead high-voltage cables was brought for post-mortem examination. The autopsy revealed typical electrocution injuries with first and second-degree burns, peeled off epidermis and flash burns around the body at different areas. The severity of electric shock varies between simple harmless shock to death. The passage of electric current through the body produces wide range of effects, varying from insignificant localized spasm, little or no contact burns, fatality with little or no burns or extreme severe burning. This case report discusses the injuries sustained by a young adult drive while driving a truck, due to accidental contact of vehicle with overhead high-tension wire.

Keywords: High-voltage electrocution, Accidental contact, Burns, Electrical injuries.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijfmts.2019.015