When another vehicle collides with yours, it may be long minutes before Texas emergency responders arrive to render aid. If you are conscious, those minutes can seem like hours, and you may try to keep as still as possible while you assess how badly you are hurt. You may be able to recognize if you have a broken bone or a serious cut, but what happens if you are losing blood rapidly or bleeding internally?
A significant drop in the volume of your blood can be a dangerous and even deadly event. When an injury causes you to lose 15 percent or more of your blood, you may begin to experience the signs of hypovolemic shock.
The stages of shock from blood loss
If your blood volume drops too low, your heart will be unable to circulate the blood through your body. This could lead to tissue damage, organ shutdown or heart failure. Because the signs of shock are often similar to the natural behaviors of an accident victim, emergency responders may not recognize that you are in this dangerous situation until your blood loss reaches the critical level. Some of the signs of hypovolemic shock include these:
- In early stages, you may feel anxious, and your skin may be pale, but your blood pressure will be normal.
- After you lose 30 percent of your blood volume, your heart rate may increase, and you may have some difficulty breathing. Your medical team may notice the bottom number of your blood pressure beginning to rise.
- If you lose more than 30 percent of your blood, your systolic pressure will drop below 100 mm Hg, and your heart will begin to race faster than 120 beats per minute. Your breathing will become more rapid.
- At 40 percent blood loss, you skin will lose its color and become cold and clammy. You will demonstrate extreme anxiety and confusion.
At a loss of greater than 40 percent, which is about 2,000 ml, your pulse will become weak while your heart struggles to pump blood through your body. Your blood pressure numbers will drop, and you will begin to lose consciousness. Medical intervention is essential to prevent further blood loss and to replenish your body with fluids and plasma as quickly as possible.
Reaching out for help
Your recovery from hypovolemic shock may be long and arduous, especially if your blood loss resulted from a catastrophic injury. If your loss of blood led to organ damage, your life may be drastically different from that point forward.
An accident caused by the negligence or reckless actions of another driver can be costly in many ways. You have the right to seek information from an attorney about your options for pursuing justice and compensation from the person responsible for your suffering.