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Chandru K.,Shree Siddhartha Medical College | Rajendra Kumar R.,Shree Siddhartha Medical College | Rudramurthy S.,District hospital
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2014

A three year retrospective study of railway related fatal cases was carried out, in district hospital, Tumkur, Karnataka, South India. Fatal railway cases form 4.65 %(total 65 cases) of all autopsies (1398 cases). Victims were predominantly males (46 cases), maximum were in age group of 2140years i.e. 38 cases. More number of railway fatalities were accidental (86.15 %) followed by the suicidal (13.85 %) in nature. Crush injury involving extremities followed by injury to thorax and abdomen were the most common injuries, shock and hemorrhage being the commonest cause of death. © 2014, Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. All rights reserved.


Chandru K.,Shree Siddhartha Medical College
Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology | Year: 2013

Electricity has become a dangerous but essential part of our lives. One cannot imagine our daily routine without electricity and so are electrocution related deaths. The present study analyses the pattern of age and sex distribution, seasonal variation, place of occurrence, manner of death and causes of death in fatal electrocution cases. Study was conducted on deaths due to electrocution brought to Victoria hospital mortuary during the period of two years (Nov 2003 to Oct2005). Data will be collected from police inquest and photographic evidence from scene of occurrence. Total number of 61 cases was studied in two-year period. Most of the victims were male, belonging to working age group. 56% of victims died instantaneously due to shock. 34% of victims died due to complications of flash burns sustained. Main reasons for electrocution deaths were found to be human negligence, faulty electrical equipments, connections and lack of protective measures.

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