PTSD and car accidents
A qualified car accident attorney knows that one of the undesired, and possibly long-term consequences of a car accident is when a victim experiences Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When we commonly think of PTSD, we recognize it as a condition that affects men and women who have been in combat, or with first responders who have witnessed a significant amount of trauma. The reality is that anyone can develop PTSD after going through a traumatic event such as a robbery, a serious injury, or a car accident.
PTSD can be long-term
It is commonly held that a person who suffers with PTSD has deep psychological issues as a result of enduring too much trauma over an extended period of time. However, it also can happen that a person experiences PTSD after a single event in which there is a threat of imminent death. In our experience, there have been some people who have been involved in a car accident, and are traumatized to the point that they are terrified of the idea of getting back into a car as a driver or passenger for some time after an accident. For a period of time, these victims feel like they will never be the same again.
Signs and symptoms of PTSD
Feelings of anxiety is characteristic following a car accident for most individuals. For some who have been in an accident, the symptoms can be very severe. Whatever the level of anxiety, the signs and symptoms of PTSD is identified by the following characteristics:
- Any level of anxiety following a traumatic event that posed risk of serious injury or death
- Undesired flashbacks or intrusive memories of the event
- Avoidance of any activity that will cause one to think of the event
- Recurrent nightmares, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or breathing difficulty
- Mood swings and a negative outlook
- Mental impairment that renders a person unable to perform normal daily activities
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms for any reason, you should seek treatment. It is generally understood that the symptoms can diminish over time, if the affected person receives the appropriate treatment, therapy, and/or medication.
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Even if you are not sure that you have a case, you have nothing to lose by seeking advice from a car accident attorney from the Olive Law Firm. Hiring a personal injury attorney is essential if you want the best possible compensation after your accident. Attorney Lee Olive, or Attorney Whitney Brooks of Charlotte, NC has decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims. They have earned a reputation as a trusted and compassionate Firm that prepares to take every case to court in order to obtain the best possible outcomes for their clients. If you want the best representation available, then call their office for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.