Shock After An AccidentNY/NJ Legal News
What is Shock?
Car accidents occur quickly and can leave you confused and injured. It may take a while to even process that you have been in a car accident. When you are involved in an accident, you should assess your injuries and the injuries of the other passengers in your vehicle. If possible, most people will get out of their vehicles to examine what damage was sustained by the vehicles involved. If the injury is severe enough, some passengers may not be able to get out of the car due to their injuries, or they may be unconscious. Even in accidents that are not as severe, victims can end up in shock following the accident, and that can lead to medical issues that will need immediate attention.
Shock is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body is not getting enough blood flow. This is usually due to a serious accident in which someone is injured or is greatly scared, which causes their body to go into “life-saving mode” and restrict the blood flowing through the body. This can lead to organ damage and other physical complication and will kill one in five people who experience it, which shows just how serious it is. While victims who are in shock need to see a doctor for help, there are also steps we can take to help these victims at the scene of an accident to help keep them safe. This can be the difference between life and death for these victims.
Following a vehicle accident that causes great injury to you, call a New York personal injury lawyer to help you assess the compensation you may be owed under the law.
How to Help Someone in Shock
The symptoms of shock can be difficult to recognize if you don’t know how shock appears after an accident. Once you know these signs, it is easier to identify. If after an accident you see someone who is pale, has bluish lips or fingernails, is confused, is sweating profusely, or who is dizzy and lightheaded, they may be suffering from shock. To help this person, first instruct them to sit or lay down for their own safety, if possible. This way, if they do faint, they will not injure themselves. If you can elevate their feet, this will help with the symptoms. Do not ask this person to move if you suspect they have suffered a back, neck, or head injury.
It is important to keep the person in shock warm. Often, shock will cause a victim to go cold due to the restriction of blood in their body. By keeping them warm, you can help keep them comfortable and safe from any danger they may be in due to the lack of blood going to their limbs. If this victim has any open wounds, helping to treat the injuries can help with the shock the victim may be experiencing. If you don’t know how to treat a wound, the best thing you can do is cover it and, if it’s bleeding, hold pressure to it. Sometimes, if a person can not see their injuries it can help a shock victim begin to feel better.
When medical personnel arrives, be sure to tell the medics in charge that you suspect the victim is suffering from shock, that way they can get any help they need as fast as possible. If you believe someone is in shock it’s important to alert those who can help as soon as possible, as time is of the essence.
New York and New Jersey Vehicle Accident Injury Lawyers
When a vehicle accident occurs causing you to suffer injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Injuries that follow a vehicle accident are not always covered by the at-fault party or their insurance, which can put you in a difficult situation. At Metro Law, our team of New York vehicle accident injury lawyers is ready to take on your case and fight for you in court. Our attorneys are well-versed in the laws surrounding vehicular accidents and victim’s rights. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve to begin rebuilding your life. Call our office today to see how we can assist you at (973) 721-9984.