It is possible for victims of traffic accidents to go into shock immediately after the collision. Shock is a serious physical condition that can have life-threatening complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person’s organs do not receive sufficient oxygen or blood when you are in shock. Therefore, if medical treatment is not administered for shock, permanent damage can occur. In some cases, a person could die if they do not receive treatment.
Therefore, it is important to understand the warning signs of shock and call 911 immediately if you suspect that a person may be in shock after a traffic accident. Even though the signs and symptoms of shock vary by person, some of the common signs to watch for after a car accident include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Enlarged pupils
- Rapid breathing
- Ashen or pale complexion
- Clammy, cool skin
- Changes in behavior or mental status (e. agitation, anxiousness, etc.)
The injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can place a person in a state of shock. It is common for a victim who suffers from extreme pain to lapse into a state of shock. However, it is important to understand that a person does not need to suffer a severe physical injury in a car accident for that person to go into shock. The emotional trauma suffered during a collision can cause a person to go into shock, including emotional shock.
Emotional Trauma Following a Car Accident
Emotional shock is also common following a car accident. In some cases, a victim may continue to experience emotional trauma long after the person’s physical injuries have healed. In some cases, severe emotional trauma can result in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). PTSD can be debilitating. Anyone suffering from the signs of emotional trauma after a car accident should seek medical attention immediately.
Some of the symptoms associated with emotional trauma include:
- Nightmares or “reliving” the event during the daytime
- Confusion, loss of memory, or disorientation
- Mood swings, depression, and detachment
- Anger or irritability
- Panic attacks or anxiety
- Lack of interest and avoiding certain activities
- Isolation or withdrawal
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Headaches or muscle tension
Both physical shock and emotional shock are serious injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Immediate medical intervention is required in either case to prevent permanent harm from occurring. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic-related accident, it is important to be checked by a doctor. Your health is your top priority after any personal injury accident.
After Seeking Medical Treatment, Seek Legal Counsel from a Fresno Car Accident Attorney
Once you have sought medical treatment, we urge you to contact our office to speak with an experienced Fresno car accident attorney. You have the right to seek compensation from the driver or another party responsible for causing the accident. You should not bear the financial burden caused by another party’s negligence.
You can contact Torem & Associates by calling (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 or by using the contact form on our website. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and no-obligation case evaluations. We want to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your physical, financial, and emotional injuries.