What You Need to Know about Post-Accident Shock

by Staff | October 21st, 2019

Auto accidents have the potential to be instantly fatal, and to survive a serious crash can be a blessing for victims. However, even non-fatal injuries carry serious risks that can become life-threatening if they aren’t treated right away, including complications associated with post-accident shock.

When the body is put through serious trauma, including the trauma associated with an auto accident, it can undergo a serious of rapid changes that can quickly turn into a medical emergency. In addition, some victims may experience a form of psychological shock long after they leave the accident scenes, which can put them at risk for many types of cognitive and emotional issues.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know that the symptoms auto accident victims present immediately after crashes rarely tell the entire story. Shock may even cause an accident victim to be unsure of what they experienced, causing them to provide incorrect answers to responding officers or insurance company agents. Auto accidents can be terrifying and traumatic, and they can leave indelible marks on victims’ lives for years to come. Insurance companies don’t always take post-accident shock seriously, and that’s why it’s our goal to help victims get maximum compensation for all the ways their accidents affect them and their loved ones.

Get the Facts about Physical Shock

There are many types of physical shock, including septic shock (infection-related), anaphylactic shock (allergy-related), cardiogenic shock (heart-related), neurogenic shock (spinal cord-related), and hypovolemic shock (blood loss-related).

Of those types of shock, hypovolemic shock is the most common among auto accident victims. That’s because auto accidents commonly cause deep cuts and wounds that can result in profuse bleeding. In addition, some victims may suffer internal injuries that affect arteries and organs. Internal injuries can bleed for hours or even days without the victim being aware of it.

When victims lose too much blood, their blood pressure may drop to dangerously low levels. The combination of reduced blood volume and low blood pressure means their hearts may be unable to pump enough blood throughout their bodies. When that happens, their organs and bodily systems stop working as they should, putting them at risk for serious and life-threatening complications.

We Help Physical Shock Victims Get Compensation

The complications associated with physical shock can be more detrimental than the initial injuries that victims suffer during accidents. That’s because physical shock can worsen over time. In addition, victims may need extensive medical treatment, including prolonged hospital visits for things like intravenous fluids and even blood transfusions. And when they’re receiving treatments, they aren’t at work.

Being out of work for long periods of time means no paychecks to keep up with daily living expenses, let alone expensive medical bills. That’s where we come in. Our Indiana auto accident lawyers believe that victims deserve compensation for all the ways their injuries have affected their lives, especially for complications such as physical shock. When you contact us, we’ll determine exactly how much you’re owed for things like current and future medical bills and lost wages, and we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid.

Get the Facts about Psychological Shock

Anyone who has been involved in an auto accident knows how distressing and traumatic they can be. They’re loud, violent, and forceful, and they can result in severe injuries. People who are hurt in accidents and even those who walk away without a scratch are at risk of suffering from symptoms of psychological shock. When psychological shock is untreated or worsens, it can even develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that has wide-ranging effects on victims’ mental health.

People who suffer from psychological shock often experience a wide variety of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, behavioral and personality changes, mood swings, and even fear of driving or riding in vehicles. All of those symptoms can make it difficult for victims to maintain relationships, go to work, and even manage their daily lives, for which they deserve compensation.

Unlike some symptoms of physical shock, psychological shock may not improve with time, and it may even worsen in some victims. That’s why getting immediate and proper diagnosis after crashes can put victims on a path toward recovery, so they can get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

If You’re Suffering from Psychological Shock, You Deserve Compensation

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Indiana car accident attorneys have helped many victims who experienced psychological shock and PTSD after accidents. We’ve seen the challenges they faced every day firsthand, and we know what you’re going through, too. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially because of a crash that wasn’t your fault, especially if it makes difficult or impossible for you to work and earn the paychecks your family depends on, or otherwise disrupts your quality of life.

Insurance companies are notorious for dismissing the pain and suffering that victims experience after accidents, but we’ll do everything in our power to make sure the psychological effects you’ve felt from the crash are known and emphasized in your claim. When symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and fear interfere with your livelihood and even your relationship with your family and friends, you should be compensated. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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