Can I Recover for PTSD From a Traffic Accident?
Individuals commonly develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)1 following involvement in a terrifying, intense event that caused physical injury or presented a serious threat of physical injury. Though PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans returning home from war, the psychological condition may develop after any type of traumatic event, including traffic accidents. Whether you have been involved in an auto accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, or any other similar event, you may suspect that you are suffering from PTSD. The following is some brief information regarding this often debilitating condition and how you may recover.
Common symptoms of PTSD
Though the signs and symptoms2 of PTSD manifest differently for every victim, some of the following are common among sufferers:
- Constantly having intense flashbacks or nightmares regarding the traumatizing event
- Moodiness or irritability
- Fear of anything that may remind you of the event, including people places, or activities
- Fear of leaving the house or getting into a car
- Severe overreaction to stress, fright, or anything related to the trauma
- Withdrawal from society
Often, victims do not realize that they are suffering from a mental illness for quite some time. During this time, their professional and personal lives may suffer due to their psychological challenges. PTSD often requires specialized and often extensive therapy in order for you to be able to return to your normal activities and enjoy life as you once did.
Recovering for PTSD
Just like any other type of injury, auto accidents victims can recover for their losses related to PTSD if they can sufficiently demonstrate that the PTSD was caused by the accident. In such cases, the victims may recover from any negligent parties, possibly receiving compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses, including for therapists and medications
- Loss of wages due to the inability to work
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
An experienced personal injury lawyer can analyze the facts of your case and let you know whether or not you have a valid legal claim and the possibility of you recovering for your PTSD and other injuries. If you have suffered any type of injury, please call the Cumming, Georgia office of Boling Rice, LLC as soon as possible at (770) 887-3162 for a free consultation.