The severity of the injury also depends on the length of time of the shock. If the shock is short, and the current is low, it may only be painful. If an equivalent level of current flows through the same path and the shock lasts a longer duration of time, it could be fatal.
In cases where the causation or severity of injury is called to question, Vista Engineering consults our own in-house biomechanical engineers to address these technical issues.
Current Path Through the Body
Electricity takes advantage of all available paths. The primary flow of electrical current flows in the path of least resistance, but lesser flows of electrical current will occur in other available paths. Factors that influence the resistance of a body include: contact surface area, skin moisture, contact pressure, and the conductivity of the body parts (skin, blood, muscles, bones, joints, and other tissues/organs). Current through the heart may result in tissue damage, fibrillation, or cardiac arrest.