Personal injury in the past three years?
Don’t worry! Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you! If you have had an accident, perhaps a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall, or an accident at work and been the victim of a personal injury in the last three years that was not your fault, then you might want to think about making a claim for compensation for any injuries you have suffered or expenses you have incurred as a result of that accident.
Once you are over the initial shock of the accident you may want to make a claim but are unsure of how to go about it. Well that’s where we at Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Simply contact us to tell us that you have suffered a personal injury in an accident that was not your fault and our advisors will be able to help you!
Personal injury in all cases can be shocking and upsetting. Nobody sets out to be injured after all do they?
What is shock?
There are several different types of shock, most notable psychological (or mental) shock and physiological (or circulatory) shock. Psychological shock occurs usually after a traumatic experience, such as being involved in an accident, suffering personal injury in an accident, losing a loved one, being involved in a crime. It can affect your state of mind. Meanwhile physiological shock is a dramatic reduction in blood flow and if left untreated, can lead to collapse, coma and even death.
The most common symptoms of shock include a racing pulse, dizziness, clammy skin, low blood pressure, feeling faint or weak, blue lips or rapid shallow breathing.
Mild psychological shock can leave you feeling stunned for a while, absorbed in your thoughts and unable to focus on anything else, however, after a while, the brain does tend to get the event in perspective and normal life can resume. In more severe cases people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD must be treated properly and by professionals.
Physiological shock can be brought about by personal injury in an accident leading to severe bleeding, injuries to the spine or major limbs, poisoning or blood clots.
What to do for someone in shock
In the event that you are with someone who goes into shock you should attempt the following
- Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance
- Lay the person flat and raise their legs by approximately 10 inches, this will help restore blood pressure
- Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure over the wound or a tourniquet
- Loosen tight clothing.
- Keep the person warm with layers of blankets (not a hot water bottle).
- Don’t give them anything to eat or drink because of the risk of vomiting.
Need to make a claim?
Contact us at Accident Advice Helpline if you would like to make a claim for a personal injury in your recent past. Call us on 0800 180 4123. It’s a free call and we can offer you the best advice.
Date Published: 7th February 2013
Author: David Brown