Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Shocked by Lightning Types

There are three types of lightning injuries:

  • Direct lightning strike:
    • The lightning bolt strikes the person before striking another object.
    • Most serious type of strike
  • Side flash:
    • The lightning bolt strikes another object, and then strikes the person.
  • Ground current:
    • Lightning strikes an object, and then the electrical current travels through the ground, to a person.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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