First Aid Guide – Treating shock

Shock occurs very quickly and can be life-threatening, so it is important to be able to spot the signs and know what to do when treating shock. Shock is when the body’s vital organs, such as the heart and the brain, suffer oxygen deprivation due to circulatory system problems. You should always look out for the following symptoms:

  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Pale face
  • Yawning
  • Rapid and weak pulse
  • Sighing

In extreme cases, the casualty may even become unconscious. You should act quickly when treating shock; ensure the person is safe and call 999. Then lay them down with their legs raised and supported. Tight clothing should be loosened and the casualty should be kept warm with blankets, a coat or whatever is available. Check their pulse and breathing frequently and make sure to comfort and reassure them.

If somebody goes into shock and does not receive the correct treatment in time, the consequences could be fatal.

Claiming compensation for medical negligence

We all rely on emergency services in the event a friend or family member is injured or ill, but what about the time taken for an ambulance to actually arrive? In these moments, we rely on others to carry out first aid, and if somebody has gone into shock, for example after a car accident, the treatment they receive as they wait for the ambulance to come could mean the difference between life and death. If someone you love has been injured or died as a result of negligent first aid, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Could you make a claim?

The only way to find out, right now, if you could claim compensation after suffering from shock is to contact a personal injury lawyer. No matter what time of day or night it is, Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone helpline is open and our specialist team are here to take your call. We offer advice in confidence, with no-obligation to proceed, and we come highly recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, who you may know from TV. We’re also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and we have helped hundreds of customers successfully claim compensation for their injuries since we started working in the industry in 2000. Why not pick up the phone and get in touch with us today, to see whether you could claim compensation?

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