The Hazards of Shock
A person can develop a condition known as physiological shock in a variety of very serious health emergencies. This condition needs to be treated immediately, as a patient’s health can deteriorate in a matter of minutes. Patients left without treatment can suffer severe tissue damage and potentially die from complications. It is essential for the patient’s health for a physician to move quickly to administer a treatment.
If you have failed to receive prompt, accurate medical care during an emergency, you can fight back against this terrible act of medical negligence. To discuss your legal options, contact the Scranton delayed treatment attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., at today.
Types of Shock
Shock develops when there is not enough blood flowing through the body’s blood vessels to support normal, healthy functioning. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to organs and tissue throughout the body, so without enough blood, organs and tissue do not receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients to continue to stay alive. As a result, the tissue can begin to rapidly die.
Shock can occur in response to a range of health problems. The following are major causes of this problem:
- Septic shock – when bacteria enter the bloodstream
- Anaphylactic shock – when an allergic reaction triggers a drastic drop in blood pressure
- Cardiogenic shock – when the heart loses its ability to pump effectively
- Hypovolemic shock – when there is not enough blood in the body
- Obstructive shock – when the bloodstream is blocked
These complications need to be treated immediately, as a patient’s life may be in danger if blood does not quickly begin to circulate.
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a physician’s lack of adequate care during a medical emergency such as shock, there may be legal action available against the healthcare provider. For additional information regarding your rights and options, contact the Scranton medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., today by calling .