A car crash is an upsetting incident at the very least. The vehicle suffers damage, the drivers and passengers may suffer injuries. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the less acknowledged but very common fallouts of motor vehicle accidents.
While most people do not suffer from any lingering psychological effects of being involved in a car accident, nine out of 100 such individuals do suffer from PTSD. Of the afflicted, more than half exhibit mood disorders.
The risk of PTSD is higher if the car collision is particularly serious. Often, other factors come into play, for example, survivor’s guilt is an issue. Pre-existing trauma issues from before the crash are a factor.
The sensible thing to do is to seek treatment for PTSD as quickly as possible. Delaying treatment can result in having to live with the condition for months. Recovering from PTSD is linked with recovering from the physical injuries. The injured person’s family needs to rally around the recovering subject and ensure that he or she gets back to an earlier lifestyle as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Nightmares, painful recounting of the accident, or a conscious effort to erase all memories of the accident are some symptoms of PTSD. The subject may experience physical pain or depression as a result of the crash. PTSD that happens as a result of another person’s negligence can be difficult to deal with because the subject often ends up feeling sorry for himself or herself. This self-pity only accentuates the depressive mode that one already is in.
Insurance companies are loath to pay off PTSD claims because they aver that plaintiffs feign PTSD only to present inflated claims. Insurance adjusters need the smallest chance to drastically slash or totally deny your claim, be it for PTSD or anything else.
This is why you need a lawyer for your PTSD injury claims. An experienced personal injury lawyer who represents clients in court can be of immense value. You may find it very difficult to handle PTSD claims on your own. Questions about the accident may trigger the symptoms of PTSD, such as sweating, tachycardia, nervousness, fear, and irritability.
Don’t give up on your right to compensation for PTSD. The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. can help you recoup medical costs and receive fair, just compensation.