Lightning Injuries

Injuries due to lightning strike constitute the most significant nature-related hazard in sport. Only floods cause more storm-related deaths in the United States. About 600 to 700 lightning strikes occur per year, with 10% of that number causing fatalities. While the likelihood of lightning strike is low, any strike should be considered a life-threatening emergency. Nearly all injuries occur outdoors, through water activities or standing under trees. Lightning injuries involve a direct current that contacts the body by direct strike, side flash, or ...

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