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Watch Out for Symptoms of Shock After a Car Accident

Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Symptoms of Shock

Traffic accidents can cause serious damage to the spinal cord, brain, and other internal organs. However, one life-threatening injury is often overlooked—shock. Shock is defined simply as a condition in which the body does not get enough blood flow. This can result in damage to multiple organs and systems. The body can deteriorate quickly if shock is not treated swiftly by a medical professional.

Types of Shock Caused By Auto Accidents

Major cases of shock can be associated with heart problems, inadequate blood volume, allergic reaction, infection, and damage to the nervous system. Life-threatening shock from a car accident is often associated with heavy internal or external bleeding from a serious injury or damage to the spine. However, there are several different types of shock that can manifest in an accident victim.

  • Cardiogenic shock: This occurs when the heart is damaged, keeping it from being able to supply a sufficient amount of blood to the rest of the body.
  • Hypovolemic shock: This is caused by severe blood and fluid loss, which can occur as a result of a traumatic bodily injury sustained in a car accident.
  • Neurogenic shock: This is caused by a severe spinal cord injury, which can result in dangerously low blood pressure and a slowed heart rate.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Shock?

Directly following a serious auto accident, medical professionals should be called to the scene to determine the extent of the injuries each person has suffered. Emergency technicians will ensure that the injured individuals get proper care and will identify if any of the following symptoms of shock are occurring.

Some of the most common symptoms of shock include:

  • Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
  • Bluish lips or fingernails
  • Chest pain and shallow breathing
  • Confusion or unconsciousness
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
  • Pale, cool, clammy skin
  • Profuse sweating, moist skin
  • Rapid but weak pulse

How to Help Someone Who Is Suffering from Shock

If you suspect that someone is suffering from shock, it is important to call 911 immediately. Do not wait for mild shock symptoms to worsen, as the injured person’s medical condition can deteriorate quickly, potentially resulting in death. Keep the person warm until medical professionals arrive and do not give them anything to eat or drink, or attempt to move anyone who appears to have a spinal cord injury.

Injured in an Auto Accident? Call Kaufman Law, P.C.

Shock is a signal that the body is reacting to a very dangerous, life-threatening situation. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident resulting in a life-threatening injury such as shock, spinal cord injury, or brain injury, contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney at Kaufman Law, P.C. as soon as possible.

Kaufman Law, P.C. has over 35 years of experience pursuing justice for accident victims in Atlanta, GA. Call us today to request your free case evaluation.