Everyone that works in the field of forensics needs to be able to determine the differences between thermal and electrical burns when determining causes of death. Thermal burns typically cause skin to look white, charred, dry and aesthetic. The underlying tissue shows evidence of coagulative necrosis and the surrounding tissues show evidence of inflammatory changes with marked exudation. Electrical burns can be more severe. They can be strong enough to explode organs, fracture bones, or char small portions of organs. Electrical burns also cause vessels to rupture and hemorrhage and can leave behind evidence of violent convulsions related to brain damage.

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