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Suing for PTSD After a Car Crash

November 20, 2019
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When you are the victim of a car crash, it is often a traumatic event. This experience can result in substantial suffering. In most cases, you will be able to recover financial compensation for any damages to yourself or your vehicle. In certain situations, a car crash victim may be eligible to seek damages related to suffering an emotional or mental health injury, like post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a behavioral mental health condition most often associated with those returning from the war, but anyone can get PTSD after experiencing, or even just witnessing, a life-altering event, like a car crash.

Providing Evidence of PTSD 

Victims often experience difficulty when attempting to establish evidence for a PTSD claim. PTSD is not like other types of injuries that have more visible injuries, making the condition harder to prove. Victims will often have to enlist the help of a qualified expert who can diagnose them with PTSD. The doctor has to conclude that the condition was caused by the crash. It is extremely likely that the testimony of a medical expert will be needed to confirm PTSD. The defendant will cross-examine your expert witness and likely provide their own expert witness to offer a competing testimony in opposition to their expert opinion. The intent here is to show that the victim is not suffering from PTSD. In such a case, the outcome will largely depend on the verdict of the jury.

Symptoms of PTSD

Suing For PTSD After A Car CrashIf you believe that someone close to you has suffered from PTSD following a car crash, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Frequent thoughts about the incident
  • Increased heart rate
  • General uneasiness
  • Irregular or heavy breathing patterns
  • Irritability
  • Sudden outbursts or mood swings
  • Profuse sweating
  • Avoiding the area of the crash
  • Experiencing difficulty remembering details of the crash
  • Estrangement from friends and loved ones
  • Feelings of despair and worrying about another tragedy

These concerns could cause anxiety that prevents the crash victim from living a normal and productive life. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash, you should contact an experienced New Mexico personal injury firm. 

Auto Accidents in New Mexico

Anyone who has been the victim of a crash can tell you that the aftermath can be devastating. Annually, nearly 2 million people suffer from permanent injuries caused by a car crash. Many people have difficulty recovering from their injuries sustained in a serious collision.

There are more than 40,000 car accidents reported each year in New Mexico. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for the state’s residents. Some victims may be able to recover lost compensation with the help of a trained New Mexico auto accident lawyer.

Will Ferguson & Associates has the resources needed for a successful personal injury claim. We can provide top-quality legal representation and increase your chances of a successful settlement. Contact our law offices today at (505) 243-5566 to see how we can help.

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