Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Medical Issues of Lightning Injuries

Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday. Lightning safety information provided this week will hopefully help you avoid any encounters with lightning. Today we discuss lightning injuries.

The facts about lightning strike victims:
In Colorado cloud to ground lightning flashes occur nearly a half million times each year. With millions of visitors and extensive outdoor activities it is not surprising that three people are killed each year in Colorado and there are an average of 13 lightning injuries. While any death is tragic, injuries can be equally tragic and devastating to the family. For those who have a relative that suffers a significant disability from lightning life changes forever. In addition to the physical pain and mental anguish suffered by the victim and their family the incident may lead to a loss of income for the family. Over time, medical expenses for treatment may drain the assets of a family.

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