PTSD After a Car Accident
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that occurs after traumatic events. It is often associated with persons who have served in the military. However, you should note that it can also result from a serious car accident. This is because a car crash is a particularly stressful event that elicits physical and emotional pain in many instances.
Symptoms of PTSD
The symptoms include phobias, anxiety, apathy, withdrawal from social activities and settings, depression and flashbacks. Studies have shown that not less than 8% of the population in the US live with symptoms of PTSD. If you are struggling with social or psychological consequences after a traumatic car accident, it is advisable that you seek medical attention as it would help to properly diagnose your condition.
Filing a Claim for Injuries After a Car Wreck
If it has been revealed that you are suffering from PTSD after a car accident, you can file a personal injury claim against the individual who caused the car accident. If a person’s negligence or recklessness led to the car accident that caused your condition, you can seek financial restitution for the harms and losses stemming from the wreck, including your PTSD.
To establish that you are suffering from PTSD as a result of a car accident, your attorney might need to invite an expert witness, like a psychiatrist, to give a testimony about the occurrence of your injuries.
This would help convince the court of the following:
- Injury: You suffered psychological injury from the car accident;
- Causation: The car accident led to the existence of the emotional or mental injury;
- Recoverable damages: You should at least derive costs for treatment.
The main challenge or obstacle in lawsuits for PTSD comes from the proverbial battle of experts. The experts hired by the insurance company may oppose your claim and they might argue that your injuries could only be triggered by some massive traumatic events such as disasters and wars, not the car accident. If you find yourself in this situation, you need a skilled attorney who can retain the services of a well-respected expert who can combat these allegations.
Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
If the negligent conduct of a defendant led to the PTSD you suffered from the car accident, the defendant might be held liable for the negligent infliction of emotional stress you suffered.
Treatment for PTSD
There are two main types of treatment for PTSD – medication or psychotherapy. The medications you can use for treatment include anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants. The psychotherapy treatments for PTSD include cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy means that patients are taught ways to change the negative thought patterns of the injury.
Speak to an Experienced Houston Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you are struggling with PTSD, your daily life is likely filled with difficulties, pain, anxiety, and other harms and losses. This is why it makes sense to hire an experienced and skilled Houston personal injury attorney to pursue maximum compensation. Take action now and contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free, confidential consultation 713-221-6800.