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Should I Call a Lawyer if I Have PTSD from an Accident

Accidents are a leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you were unexpectedly and suddenly the victim of a serious accident, and you now suffer from PTSD, you’ll want to contact a Personal Injury Lawyer to talk about what you experienced, how it has affected you and how we might be able to help you.

Contact your local attorneys at Maison Law today.

 

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health injury. It affects victims who have been through a particularly frightful or distressing experience. Some people might even survive such an experience physically unscathed, but they might suffer from insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks and deep anxiety.

PTSD Symptoms

As per the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD symptoms fall into four categories, each of which might vary in its severity. Those categories follow:

  • Intrusion when the PTSD victim experiences repeated intrusive thoughts, dreams or flashbacks of an occurrence.
  • Avoidance by staying away from people, things or places that might trigger unpleasant memories.
  • Changes in cognition and mood when negative thoughts and feelings distort a victim’s thoughts about oneself and others.
  • Reactive changes paranoia, overly guarding one’s surroundings and suspecting others of bad intentions or behavior.

PTSD and Car Accidents

The American Psychological Association reports that auto accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the civilian population. Its report concluded that PTSD caused by motor vehicle accidents is a significant mental health problem that must be diagnosed and addressed. Car insurance companies will try to make PTSD victims believe that the condition isn’t compensable as it can’t be seen on an x-ray or MRI, but ask any PTSD victim. The condition is very real.

PTSD Treatment After a Car Crash

PTSD is a very treatable disorder, and there are high rates of success. Victims are able to learn how to manage their symptoms and return to a regular life. A psychiatrist or psychologist can perform an evaluation and recommend ways that a patient’s PTSD might be treated. A wide range of therapies are available. What’s important is that for purposes of legal documentation, a PTSD victim should seek effective professional care and treatment at the first sign of the disorder.

California Personal Injury Lawyer Working with PTSD Clients

When an accident occurs, there are both legal and emotional injuries that a victim can be compensated for. Don’t believe an insurance company’s adjuster who might tell you that your PTSD isn’t compensable. It’s as real as your fractured leg, and the bills for PTSD therapy are real too. Bringing that claim for emotional injury added to physical injury is complex, so it’s best to work with a personal injury lawyer who understands PTSD. Aside from your physical injuries, if you’re also suffering from PTSD after an auto accident, contact Maison Law for help. We’re pleased to speak with you at no cost, and you’ll receive an honest assessment of your claim or lawsuit. At the first sign of PTSD after an accident, contact your doctor or a mental health professional, and then contact us. If we’re retained to represent you, no legal fees are even due unless we enter into a settlement or obtain an award on your behalf.

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