After a car crash, not all injuries show up right away. Sometimes, people experience delayed shock. This means symptoms might not appear until hours or even days after a car accident.

While you might be familiar with the severe allergic reactions, normally associated with anaphylactic shock, symptoms of shock may also result from a traumatic event.

Car Accident Traumatic Shock

After a car accident, the shock of the traumatic event can affect the nervous system, which may lead to a variety of symptoms.

These symptoms may affect the blood flow and require a patient to seek medical attention and care.

Spinal shock or a spinal injury, for instance, is a physiological shock that can cause problems with blood distribution. As a result, patients might not receive enough blood for vital organs.

Knowing the various forms of shock can help you in understanding the charges on your medical bills. It also helps you when you’re submitting copies of medical records in serious injury medical claims.

Hypovolemic Shock

For example, hypovolemic shock occurs when a patient experiences blood loss, which seriously impacts a victim’s blood flow.

This lack of blood flow is indeed a traumatic event, as it can cause other organs in the body to stop working. Blood transfusions are often required after a car accident shock of this type.

Cardiogenic Shock After a Car Accident

A victim may also experience cardiogenic shock, which affects blood flow, thereby depleting the oxygen supply and negatively affecting blood pressure.

Obstructive Shock

Obstructive shock obstructs the blood circulation in the great vessels of the heart, creating a life-threatening condition after a car accident.

Septic Shock

Septic shock, also called distributive shock, is caused by sepsis (an infection) and is the most common type of shock in the ICU.

Distributive shock occurs when there is decreased blood flow, thereby causing a sudden drop in blood pressure. It may be caused by an allergic reaction to a drug, such as a sedative.

Septic shock becomes immediately apparent, as the blood circulating in your body can’t sufficiently reach your internal organs, especially the heart, brain, and kidneys.

Cardiogenic shock and hypovolemic shock

It’s one of those traumatic events that is an obvious emergency, as the blood vessels become overly relaxed or dilated. This can lead to a collapsed lung or other serious injuries after an auto accident or similar event.

Cardiogenic shock and hypovolemic shock are the second and third most common forms of traumatic shock after car accidents.

Obstructive shock is the rarest form of shock in insurance company claims that involve a serious bodily injury in motor vehicle crash cases.

Neurogenic Shock

A case of neurogenic shock is a traumatic event that happens after a physical injury occurs to the spinal cord.

This form of shock is difficult to treat and may result in delayed symptoms of shock, such as low blood pressure, also called hypotension, and a slowed heart rate (bradyarrhythmia).

Your skin first becomes flushed and warm, then feels clammy and cold.

Delayed Shock After Car Accidents

Delayed Shock After Car Accidents

People have experienced delayed shock symptoms after an accident, such as psychological trauma (mental shock), internal bleeding, anxiety, confusion, headaches, vomiting, or dizziness. Delayed symptoms can be quite serious.

For example, severe burns can lead to burn shock, a combination of distributive shock and hypovolemic shock. A burn can also affect a person’s mental status, leading to heightened anxiety.

As result, some forms of shock need the intervention of a mental health professional while other forms are managed by doctors and nurses.

Why Do Delayed Shock Symptoms Occur After an Accident?

Delayed shock symptoms after an accident happen due to your body’s response to stress and injury. When you’re in an accident, your body might go into “fight or flight” mode.

This response initially hides any physical or emotional pain, including a psychological shock such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Once the adrenaline wears off, delayed shock symptoms can appear hours or days later.

4 Generic Types of Shock that Occur After Car Accidents</strong>&amp;lt;/strong>

After a car accident, victims might experience different types of shock depending on their emotional trauma or physical injuries. Let’s review some of the generic forms of delayed shock in personal injury claims.

  • Physical Shock: Symptoms include cold, clammy skin, rapid pulse, and shallow or rapid breathing. Physical symptoms of shock happen when the body isn’t getting enough blood flow, or the patient experiences severe blood loss.
  • Emotional Based Shock: After a car crash, this mental state causes victims to feel numb, disoriented, or unable to process what happened. This type of shock can manifest through anxiety, depression, or PTSD after the initial incident.
  • Psychological Shock: Similar to emotional shock, this type of mental shock can have a longer-lasting effect on a person’s mental health. Victims might experience flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.
  • Medical Shock: This is a severe, life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. It can arise from internal injuries unknown to the victim after the accident.

What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive?

What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive

Compensation after a car accident may include coverage for medical expenses and lost wages. You can also receive money for pain and suffering, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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