You have likely heard the phrase “they are going into shock” before – probably on a medical drama. This is a common phrase, but what does it really mean?
There are two types of shock that are common after a car accident, and you and your loved ones must take care to look out for the signs of these conditions after a serious crash.
Psychological shock v. physiological shock
Most people know the feeling of psychological shock. It can spike your adrenaline and make you feel afraid, anxious or possibly even denial after a distressing event – like a car accident. You experience this confusion as your brain attempts to comprehend what happened.
However, physiological shock is a risk after a car accident as well – and it is much more dangerous.
In medical terms, shock is a serious health condition caused by a drop in blood flow, which means organs are not getting enough blood or oxygen. Shock can be a serious risk if individuals in a car accident suffer:
- Blunt force or physical trauma
- Serious injuries
- Loss of blood
In extreme cases, shock can cause considerable organ damage, and it might even be fatal if individuals do not obtain proper medical care.
What are the signs of shock?
The medical professionals responding to a crash should look for the symptoms of shock. However, it is important for you to know the signs as well.
The symptoms can vary significantly, but common signs of shock include:
- Weakening or rapid pulse
- Losing consciousness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Cold sweat
Shock is very serious, but it can be treated with proper medical attention. That is another reason why it is so critical to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident.
You deserve compensation
Suffering an injury in a car accident and experiencing shock – both psychological and physiological shock – is often life-changing. That is why Pennsylvania law entitles you to collect financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
Attorney Michael McDonald is here to help. He is the only Nationally Board-Certified Expert in Lancaster County, who dedicates his practice to helping accident victims recover the compensation they need.