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by: NPHM | October 21, 2019

What You Need to Know about Post-Accident Shock

The injuries associated with auto accidents are painful and can be life-threatening. When victims survive car accidents, they want to believe that the worst is over. But for some, the consequences are just beginning.

Shock is a common complication after crashes, and it can manifest physically and psychologically. Both types of shock can have profound effects on victims’ lives. Physical shock can result in complications that often require immediate medical treatment, as they can progress into multiple organ failure.

Psychological shock, on the other hand, can be equally serious but less visible, as victims may experience stress-related disorders that can impact every aspect of their lives.

Both types of shock can affect victims after crashes. We’ve assisted many people whose lives were forever changed by car accidents that weren’t their fault, and we’ve fought hard to help them get compensation for their physical and mental injuries. If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, we want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Physical Shock Can Be Disabling and Fatal

Physical shock—or traumatic shock—is a bodily response to traumatic accidents, injuries, or internal organ damage. There are multiple types of physical shock, but car wrecks are most commonly associated with hypovolemic shock.

Hypovolemic shock often occurs when victims lose large amounts of blood after suffering deep cuts or experiencing internal bleeding. As blood loss increases, victims experience rapid drops in blood pressure. The combination of reduced blood pressure and reduced blood volume in the circulatory system mean that their hearts are unable to pump enough blood to their internal organs and their brains. That can result in serious and potentially fatal complications.

People who experience physical shock may display a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat and pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting
  • Cool, clammy skin and sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and anxiety

We’re Here to Help Physical Shock Victims

The complications associated with physical shock may be more severe than the complications associated with the initial injuries after a crash. Victims may need emergency surgery, blood transfusions, and they may even need to be resuscitated if they suffer catastrophic blood volume and pressure loss.

People who experience physical shock often experience prolonged effects that make it more difficult for them to recover from their initial injuries. That means more time away from work without earning paychecks and more medical bills that they might not be able to afford.

Our Ohio car accident attorneys know how difficult this time can be and how weakened victims often are after experiencing physical shock. If you or someone you love suffered physical shock after a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need dedicated legal representation on your side to help you get the money you deserve. You can count on us to calculate exactly how much money you need for what you’ve gone through, and to push hard to get you every penny you’re owed from the insurance company.

Psychological Shock Can Be Emotionally and Mentally Devastating

The experience of being involved in an auto accident is often terrifying and even traumatizing. The loud noise of metal crashing into metal, the sudden and violent deployment of airbags, and the forces generated at impact can leave imprints in victims’ minds that never go away—especially when they suffer serious injuries at the same time.

Psychological shock is a common complication associated with auto accidents, and it’s a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although many people think of PTSD as something that only occurs to military veterans or people who experience violence, it can occur after any type of trauma, including auto accidents. In addition, some people may develop PTSD from simply observing serious accidents or being involved in them without suffering injuries of their own.

Symptoms associated with psychological shock include agitation, irritability, re-living the traumatic event via intrusive thoughts, emotional numbness, avoiding driving and vehicles in general, anxiety, depression, and more. PTSD may go undiagnosed for long periods of time, but it’s a debilitating condition that can make it difficult for victims to live normal lives and perform at their jobs.

How We Can Help Psychological Shock Victims

At Nurenberg Paris, our Cleveland car accident lawyers know that crashes can affect victims in many different ways that go beyond just their initial injuries. In fact, the psychological effects of crashes often persist long after victims’ cuts and broken bones have fully healed.

In addition to disrupting quality of life, the complications associated with PTSD can result in difficulty concentrating at work or being able to work at all. That means no paychecks at a time when victims need them the most.

If you or someone you love experienced psychological shock after an auto accident, our lawyers will do everything we can to help you get maximum compensation not just for your medical bills, but for your emotional suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can assist you during this difficult time.

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