SARASOTA - Staying safe when lightning is present during a storm is critical. Yet, emergency rooms doctors often see patients being injured from being struck by lightning. Doctor’s Hospital Medical Director of the emergency department Dr. Frank Biondolillo explains what happens when you're struck by lightning.

"So the most common injuries that we tend to see with lightning strikes are burns, electrical cardiac issues from rhythm disturbances, traumatic injuries most commonly to membrane rupture perhaps from being thrown and then neurological and psycho behavioral long term," says Dr. Biondolillo

Dr. Biodolillo says patients who get struck by lightning need to be seen by EMS immediately. He says making sure to stay indoors and away from windows when lighting is present is an effective way to stay out of danger.