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Citation

Pollak S. Arch. Kriminol. 2000; 206(5-6): 168-179.

Vernacular Title

Verkennung von tödlichen Hochspannungs- und Blitzunfällen.

Affiliation

Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität Freiburg.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2000, Verlag Schmidt-Romhild)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

11213449

Abstract

From medicolegal practice it is known that in deaths caused by low voltage, electric marks may be absent or inconspicuous so that they may remain undetected during the scene examination. That this may happen even in fatal high-voltage accidents is demonstrated by 4 examples from our own autopsy material. The cases reported shared the following features: The decedents were found outdoors under a high-voltage line with a several metres long conductive object being in the immediate vicinity of the body; no extensive burns as those seen after the impact of an electric arc; inconspicuous electric marks on the hands; clearly visible electrothermal skin lesions limited to body regions covered by clothing (especially soles of the feet). Another case report demonstrates that even fatal lightning accidents are not always recognized correctly.


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