Suing for PTSD After a New Mexico Collision
The consequences of being involved in a car crash in New Mexico can be incredibly severe. Many times, victims suffer from catastrophic injuries that can lead to even more critical conditions. More often than not, victims will be eligible to seek lost compensation for financial damages, either for their injuries or damages to their vehicle.
In other cases, an injured victim may be able to recover after sustaining an emotional or mental health injury. One of the most common mental injuries following a crash is post-traumatic stress disorder. This behavioral mental health condition is more commonly associated with those who have been to war, but anyone can experience PTSD after being involved in -- or even just witnessing -- a traumatic event, like an auto accident.
How to Know if You Have PTSD Following a Crash
Victims often experience difficulty when attempting to establish a PTSD claim on a personal injury case. PTSD is not clearly observable, unlike physical injuries, making them much harder to prove. In order to assert your claim, you will likely have to have an experienced physician provide a diagnosis of PTSD. The doctor must also come to the conclusion that the condition was caused by the collision involved in the claim.
It is extremely likely that expert medical testimony will be needed in order to establish the existence of PTSD. The defendant will probably cross-examine the expert witness provided by the victim, and they will also likely provide their own expert witness in order to compete with the plaintiff’s testimony. The ultimate goal is to show that the victim did not experience PTSD due to the accident. The outcome of similar cases will often rely on the verdict of a jury.
Symptoms of PTSD After an Auto Accident
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered from PTSD following a crash, you should keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Disruptive sleep patterns
- Often thinking of the crash
- Increased heart rate
- General uneasiness
- Heavy breathing patterns
- Sudden mood swings or angry outbursts
- Increased sweating
- Intentionally avoiding the area of the collision
- Difficulty remembering the circumstances of the accident
- Estrangement from friends and loved ones
- Feelings of despair that may cause you to worry about another collision
These concerns can often result in significant anxiety, preventing victims from living a normal and productive life.
New Mexico Auto Accidents
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for New Mexican residents. Vehicle collisions happen almost daily, with more than 45,000 crashes taking place each year across the state. The resulting injuries can be incredibly severe and sometimes result in debilitating injuries.
A crash is often a frustrating and confusing event. Victims are likely to sustain severe injuries along with other damages that can make the recovery process difficult. In some cases, victims may be eligible to seek lost compensation after a crash.
Will Ferguson & Associates has the experience necessary to recover satisfactory settlements for our clients. Our New Mexico car crash attorneys know the tricks used by insurance companies in order to prevent paying out fair settlements. Put us to work on your case by giving us a call today at (505) 243-5566.