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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
956 AM EDT Thu Jun 22 2017

...National Lightning Safety Preparedness Week - Medical Effects
of Lightning...

Lightning is primarily an injury to the nervous system, often
with brain injury and nerve injury. Serious burns seldom occur.
People who do not suffer cardiac arrest at the time of the
incident may experience lesser symptoms, which often clear over a
few days. These symptoms may include Muscle soreness, Headache,
nausea, stomach upset and other post-concussion types of symptoms.

Lightning strike victims also face the possibility of having
longer term problems such as having problems multitasking, slower
reaction time, irritability and personality change, and chronic
pain from nerve injury.

If you have been a victim of lightning, you can contact The
Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors, International
(LSESSI). LSESSI is a support group formed in 1989 by a lightning
survivor. LSESSI has helped hundreds of survivors, families,
physicians and other professionals by providing print and related
materials, Supporting family and friends of survivors, connecting
survivors with others in their area, and Organizing an annual
meeting where survivors and their families can come together for
support and information.

You can contact them at:
Phone: 910-346-4708

For additional information about lightning or lightning safety,
visit the NOAA lightning safety awareness Web site at


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