Can You Get PTSD From a Motor Vehicle Accident?
PTSD isn’t just a war-related disease, it can affect anyone who has been subjected to trauma, be it life-threatening or otherwise. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was originally known as “shell shock,” and referred to the traumatic mental affects soldiers sustained as a result of the horrors they witnessed during World War I. As we’ve evolved, we’ve come to realize that soldiers aren’t the only ones who can experience PTSD—anyone who suffers a serious trauma, like a major car accident, may be susceptible.
Car accidents can be quite serious, especially if they occur at high speeds, involve big vehicles, result in substantial injuries, or encompass any other type of extreme circumstances. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for causing up to 25% of all reported traumatic stress injuries to men, and 13% to women. Following a car accident, make sure you know how to identify the symptoms of PTSD, and discover what you can do to recover.
Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Aggressive behavior and wild mood swings
- Avoidance of cars and other situations associated with the trauma
- Constant alertness, paranoia
- Depression and feelings of hopelessness
- Emotional distance, numbness
- Flashbacks, nightmares, and other recurring memories of the trauma
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Social withdrawal
PTSD is a serious psychological condition that affects a person’s ability to deal with stressful or fear-inducing situations. Following some type of trauma, people may experience any combination of the above symptoms, or none at all. However, if you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms associated with PTSD, see a doctor immediately for medical attention. There are several resources out there for individuals suffering from PTSD, and there are several forms of treatment, such as medication, therapy, and immersion, that have proven effective in many cases of severe PTSD.
Do You Have a Case? Our Firm Can Help
If you suffered PTSD as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Much like any physical injury, PTSD has the power to affect your day-to-day life and it can impact your income, your personal relationships, and more.
Our firm is prepared to help injured individuals seek compensation and justice from the party liable for your injuries, and we can help provide you with the legal support you need during this trying time.
Contact Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman today to discuss your case with our firm.