A motor vehicle accident on a Colorado highway can result in serious injuries. Some of those injuries may be obvious to emergency responders, but others may not show symptoms until some time passes. Unfortunately, the longer these hidden injuries exist without treatment, the more damage may result in your body.
One example of this occurs when you suffer damage to one of your organs, such as your stomach or spleen, that causes you to bleed internally. You may not show symptoms right away from the loss of blood into your abdomen, and if doctors do not diagnose and treat the internal injury, you may slip into potentially deadly hypovolemic shock.
Recognizing the symptoms
Hypovolemic shock occurs in stages as your body loses blood. In fact, if you have an open wound that bleeds profusely, you may quickly go into shock unless you are able to slow or stop the bleeding. As the blood flows from your wounds, your heart must work harder to pump the reduced amount of blood through your body. Blood carries oxygen, and the insufficient amount of blood means your bodily systems begin to suffer from oxygen deprivation.
You may show symptoms such as pain in your abdomen, increased heart rate and sweating. Shock may come on suddenly, leaving you confused and unable to answer questions your doctor may ask. Emergency room doctors will run a series of tests and scans to diagnose hypovolemic shock. Once doctors confirm the diagnosis, you may receive any of the following treatments:
- Transfusion of your blood plasma, platelets or red blood cells
- Intravenous solutions to restore your natural fluid levels
- A series of medications to stimulate the heart and increase the circulation of your blood
Of course, these treatments are in addition to any surgeries or other care you may need for the injuries you suffered in the accident.
Recovering from shock
The more complex your case or the longer it takes for doctors to recognize the symptoms of hypovolemic shock, the more serious the damage you may suffer. This condition is life-threatening, so you may even feel fortunate if you walk away with damage to your internal organs or the loss of limbs due to low circulation of your blood.
You will likely have a long recovery from your injuries and the shock from the resulting blood loss. Your life may never be the same. For this reason, you may consider the option of seeking compensation from those whose negligence left you with such serious injuries. Speaking with an attorney can provide you with answers to your questions to help you make an informed decision about your alternatives.