PTSD after a Car Accident: How to Recover Compensation
Being involved in a vehicle collision is an extremely traumatic event. Most people don’t realize just how terrifying a wreck can be until it’s happened to them. Following a severe car accident, you are likely to go into shock, and then for a time afterward you may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
People experience PTSD to varying degrees, depending on how serious the accident was and many other factors. For instance, one person may only be slightly affected by the accident and can move past it very quickly, while others may be greatly affected by the incident and struggle with anxiety, fear, and depression for some time following the wreck.
There is no right or wrong way to respond or recover, and it takes everyone different amounts of time to move past a car crash. In extreme cases, if left untreated, the PTSD you’ve experienced can affect your life forever.
Example: Some people may be unable to drive a vehicle ever again; instead, they will only ride in a car if someone else drives. Another example is if a person’s crash occurred on a freeway, they might avoid freeways for the rest of their life.
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is an emotional response to a high-stress situation. Many people only associate PTSD with battles or witnessing violence, but it can affect people in any traumatic situation. Examples of traumatic situations are natural disasters, witnessing atrocities, and life-threatening encounters, such as auto wrecks.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
Some of the signs and symptoms of PTSD are:
- Nightmares and flashbacks to the traumatic event
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stress and tension
Filing a Car Crash Claim and Seeking Damages for PTSD
As you can see, post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious issue, and it can sometimes be worse than the physical injuries of a vehicle crash (although those can also be severe, from burns to broken bones and more). You can be compensated for all your damages, including mental and emotional trauma, by filing a car crash claim. You should document all your suffering so that you can receive compensation for it.
A Richmond car accident lawyer will put together your case and argue that you deserve compensation for the negative impact your auto wreck has had in your life.
You might be fearful of getting into a vehicle again, and you may never fully recover from a frightening auto wreck. The person responsible for this suffering should be held to account for this.
Get In Touch with a Vehicle Crash Attorney
Again, your mental and emotional suffering can be worse than your physical injuries after a car crash, and you ought to be compensated for them, too. Filing a claim and winning the compensation you deserve can be difficult, especially as you’re still trying to recover from the trauma and pain of the accident.
Let a car accident attorney in Virginia help you to receive the settlement you need to pay for your damages. Contact Halperin Law Center through the case consultation form below, or call us at 804-527-0100. We offer a free case review so you can learn more about the car crash claim process without delay.