When most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) they usually think of soldiers returning from a war and having bad memories of their experiences. However, post traumatic stress disorder can occur in all areas in which the person is unable to cope after a traumatic event in his or her life. Thus it is possible to have PTSD after experiencing a car accident, even if the person had only minor injuries.
How PTSD Affects Your Life
When suing for damages for PTSD as a result of a car accident, your doctor and attorney will need to detail how you were affected by the car accident. For most people who have experienced a life changing effect, and go on to develop PTSD, they are exhibit mental, emotional, and even physiological changes.
Some people who have this disorder will complain of having nightmares that make them afraid to go to sleep at night. This is particularly true in car accidents causing fatalities. They can become anxious about riding in a car again, and may refuse to drive again. It is possible for the sounds of tires screeching or screams to trigger intense fear. Some people can become depressed and reclusive, avoiding all contact with the outside world. In extreme cases, even a television show or the picture of a car can produce a fast heartbeat, nausea, tremors, and a cold sweat.
This disorder can take anywhere from a few weeks to years to develop after the car accident, and may last just as long as the time taken to develop. Treatment can be effective, and the earlier it is started the better the prognosis. A therapist will be able to sit down with you and work through the fear, guilt, and emotional pain you have associated with what happened during the car accident.
Seeking An Attorney
Definitely your medical health is quite important but it is also a good idea to discuss your circumstances with an attorney in regards to suing for damages for your post-traumatic stress disorder. An attorney will be able to review the information surrounding the auto accident you were involved in and be able to tell if you have a claim to file a lawsuit.
Even if you were not physically injured within the accident, the occurrence of PTSD is affecting your emotional health and speaking to an attorney about your options is recommended.