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Lightning Strike (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call 911 emergency services to transport a person for any of these reasons:

  • Any period of unconsciousness
  • Paralysis
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back or neck pain
  • Obvious deformity of an extremity such as an arm or leg indicating a possible broken bone
  • Any noticeable burns
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014
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