Sometimes the damage caused by a car accident is not apparent. Nerve damage, head injuries and fractures might appear weeks after the crash. Shock is another example that might not be immediately apparent, especially since so few people understand the symptoms.
Shock is not a psychological injury. According to MedlinePlus.gov, it is a potentially fatal loss of blood flow to internal organs. This article is not medical advice, but if you are slightly more aware of the dangers of shock, you have a better chance of spotting the symptoms and seeking medical treatment.
Types of shock
The most common shock after a car accident is hypovolemic shock, caused by rapid blood loss. However, car accidents might also cause cardiogenic or neurogenic shock. Cardiogenic shock usually results from electrocution or a heart attack, and neurogenic shock results from nerve damage.
Symptoms of shock
Signs of shock include:
- A rapid pulse
- Clammy, pale or discolored skin
- Hyperventilating or difficulty breathing
- Sudden weariness or fatigue
- Mood swings or an unusually agitated state
- Any mental state that is not typical, such as confusion
You should always call 911 after a severe car accident. However, even if you receive medical treatment, you might not identify the symptoms of shock until weeks pass. If you experience any of the symptoms described above, you likely suffer from shock without knowing it.
The consequences of a catastrophic car accident might last for years. Shock is a potentially deadly consequence. If you do not receive treatment, you may suffer permanent internal damage.