Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Shock Definition:

A sudden and disturbing impression on the mind.

Related Terms: Nervous Shock

In Falkenberg, the Court adopted these words to define shock:

"A sudden and disturbing impression on the mind or feelings; usually, one produced by some unwelcome occurrence or perception, by pain, grief, or violent emotion....

"(Also a) term in medicine, i.e. a technical term ... a condition whose principal characteristic is low blood volume.... Loss of blood volume is an important but not the only cause of shock; a similar state of shock occurs in acute heart failure and in severe infections in which the responsible haemodynamic mechanisms are different."


  • R. v. Falkenberg, 95 C.C.C. (3d) 307 (Alberta Court of Appeal, 1995)

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