Can You Bring a Claim for PTSD After a Car Accident?
January 30, 2018
What is PTSD? It is a psychological condition that occurs after you have experienced a traumatic event. Let’s take a look at the aspects of your car accident. Perhaps, when your car accident occurred, you suffered emotionally because of the injuries that you sustained. Maybe you watched your friends or family suffer alongside you and thought that you were going to lose your life as a result of the accident. In any case, car accidents can be extremely scary and traumatizing, leaving you with lasting impacts that can have an effect on the way you live your life.
About 8% of the U.S. population lives with symptoms caused by PTSD and many of these people may be relieved to find that they can bring a lawsuit to recover damages after they have been left injured and with emotional distress from an accident. We will take a look at how you can recover and prove your case, but first, we will take a closer look at PTSD and the reality of the symptoms.
The Toll PTSD Can Take On Your Life
PTSD caused by car accidents may be more common than we thought. In fact, one study shows that accidents were shown to be the traumatic event that caused PTSD in 25% of males, and 13% of females. The truth is, an astounding amount of people are involved in motor vehicle accidents every year, which means that the prevalence of PTSD may be higher than expected.
Some people who experience PTSD on a short-term scale, which means that they may have the symptoms for a few weeks or months. However, for others, it becomes chronic and follows them through their everyday lives for a long time. Symptoms that last over a month in duration can be severe enough to interfere with many aspects of your life, from your relationships with loved ones to how you complete your work if you are suffering from flashbacks, lack of sleep, anxiety, and more. You may have become more easily startled on a daily basis, suffer from angry outbursts, have trouble remembering key aspects of what happened in your accident, and have negative thoughts about yourself.
Those who suffer from PTSD and receive treatment may become involved with different types of medications and therapies, which means that finances can add up after an accident has led to these traumas. This is why it is a must for many people to receive compensation for their treatment and lost time at work and the impact it leaves on relationships while they are recovering.
How to Compensate for PTSD
One of the issues regarding PTSD is that it can take quite some time to identify and diagnose that a patient is suffering from PTSD. This means that it is not as well understood as other medical conditions, which may mean that you will suffer in silence for some time before you receive an official diagnosis and the compensation you deserve. It’s important to act as soon as possible and speak to your doctor so you can get started on your case.
You will have to show evidence in your court case, which is why it is important to have that official diagnosis. You will have to convince the judge or jury that you suffered from a psychological injury as showed by your symptoms, that the trauma was caused by the accident, and that you should compensate for your treatment costs. PTSD lawsuits can become a battle involving many experts, as a witness like a psychiatrist may be able to successfully show that you are indeed suffering from PTSD.
It is not uncommon to suffer emotionally after a car accident. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD by your physician or psychiatrist and want to compensate for the damages and turmoil it has taken on your life, speak to us today at Will Ferguson & Associates so we can help you bring a successful claim. We are waiting to hear from you at 505-633-7070.