Possible Symptoms of Shock
Immediately after a person has been involved in an accident it is important to check for signs of medical shock. Armed with just basic knowledge of first aid, a bystander can prevent a potentially permanent injury in an emergency situation, but a trained first aider can also prevent a potentially life-threatening drop in a victim’s blood pressure – otherwise known as medical shock.
What are the most obvious symptoms?
- a rapid pulse followed by a weakening of the pulse
- cold, pale, clammy skin
- fast and shallow breathing
- agitation and aggression
- complaining about thirst and nausea
Untreated medical shock can result in loss of consciousness. When you arrive at the scene of an accident, call an ambulance, but make sure first what the extent of the injuries is. If the accident victim is bleeding, try to stem the blood flow, if you know how. Ask the accident victim to lie down and support their legs, raising them into the air but making sure the person has not injured their back first.
It is important to keep an accident victim as warm as possible. If you haven’t got anything you can use as cover, ask other bystanders to volunteer a jacket, a coat or a travel rug they might have in the boot of their car.
If the injured person has broken an arm and you have something handy that could be turned into a sling, try to support their broken arm with it.
When the police and ambulance arrive, try to give as much detail about the accident you saw – who caused it? Did you see the negligent person, are they still at the scene of the accident?Open Claim Calculator
Telling an accident solicitor in Bridge of Weir who is responsible for your accident
If you haven’t found a no win no fee* legal representative locally, why not call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (from mobile)?
You can find out if you qualify for making an injury claim by visiting Accident Advice Helpline’s website, where you can complete a simple questionnaire – it takes just 30 seconds to complete the test. An online compensation calculator will give you an estimate of how much compensation you might get, if an accident solicitor in Bridge of Weir or other specialist solicitor wins your case.
• Was your accident caused by somebody else’s negligence?
• Did your accident happen within the last 3 years?
• Did you receive medical treatment for your injuries?
• Which part of your body got injured in the accident?
You will need to prove with the help of an accident solicitor in Bridge of Weir or other specialist that somebody else’s negligence was responsible for your injuries. A first aider, who came to your rescue and talked to the police and ambulance professionals will be a valuable asset in your efforts to receive justice and compensation.
An accident solicitor in Bridge of Weir will ask you for all relevant details, including names and contact details of people involved in your accident and potential witnesses, before writing to the defendant and stating your claim.