Understanding The Effects of PTSD on Car Accident Victims
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as, “a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.” The APA also recognizes that PTSD can be the result of being involved in a severe vehicle accident. After a car accident, victims who have PTSD often have life-long emotional complications ahead. Here are the challenges car accident victims may face.
How Often Does PTSD Happen After a Car Accident?
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of PTSD to the general population, and In 2019, roughly 4.4 million people were seriously injured in car crashes. According to a study reported by the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 39.2% of motor vehicle accident survivors developed PTSD.
The Warning Signs of PTSD
If you’ve been involved in a car crash, look out for these signs that could point to the development of PTSD:
- You are re-experiencing the trauma of the accident through flashbacks and nightmares.
- You are experiencing emotional numbness.
- You avoid places, people, and activities that may remind you of the accident.
- You have difficulty sleeping.
- You feel jumpy.
- You are easily irritated and angered.
If you are showing any signs of PTSD, it’s essential to speak with your doctor as soon as possible to get treatment. You may also find it necessary to consult an attorney to learn your rights to seeking compensation after your accident. PTSD after an accident can have devastating, life-long effects and you may be entitled to pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
Injured in a Car Accident? We Can Help.
Sustaining an injury in a car crash can be a harrowing experience. It can impact mental and physical health — and the financial consequences can add even more burdens into an already existing stressful situation. Our team of attorneys is ready to negotiate settlements and argue court cases on your behalf from medical expenses and future costs to lost wages and pain and suffering.
Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today at (800) 391-4318 to learn more about recovering compensation for your injuries.