PTSD Caused by Car Accidents

Posted By Clawson & Clawson, LLP || 8-Nov-2016

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition brought about by a significantly troubling or violent event and that flares up as psychotic episodes when the sufferer encounters a certain trigger. Most people associate PTSD with soldiers who return home from the warfront and are subsequently traumatized by the sound of firecrackers, engines backfiring, and other noises similar to gunfire. Researchers are now looking into how PTSD may manifest due to one of life’s most common violent events: car accidents.

Car Accidents & PTSD Symptoms

Some of the basic symptoms of PTSD are persistent feelings of:

  • Disbelief
  • Shock
  • Fear or terror
  • Guilt
  • Anger and depression
  • Stress or anxiousness

Following a jarring car accident that leads to serious injuries, it is not uncommon for people to report feeling all of the aforementioned emotions. But those emotions alone are not generally considered to be indicative of PTSD. The persistency of the negative feelings must be so great that it interferes with the individual’s day-to-day life, or causes them to experience triggers that render them temporarily crippled. For example, a person who was struck by a red Ford SUV may become overwhelmed with fear whenever they see any red SUV driving near them.

Consistent behaviors that can interfere with daily life include:

  • Finding ways to avoid riding in or driving a car
  • Declining necessary medical tests after an accident
  • Insomnia and general restlessness
  • Disassociation from friends and family

All of these issues can come to be prevalent or overbearing following a car accident. The problems may be extremely likely to manifest into PTSD if another passenger within the vehicle died due to the accident, especially if liability was partially placed on the person suffering PTSD.

When creating any sort of car accident claim, it is crucial to consider the damage caused by PTSD symptoms. Psychological treatment may be necessary for years, if not for the rest of the person’s life, creating a stack of medical bills. The standard of happiness and living they experience may have dropped considerably due to the stress, which could translate into nominal damages.

If you want to make a personal injury claim after being in a car accident in Colorado, Clawson & Clawson, LLP is here to help. Our firm’s Colorado Springs car accident lawyers can bring more than 120 years of total legal experience to your case, giving you the insight and knowledge you need to create a solid argument. Contact us online to request a free case evaluation, and be sure to ask about our “no win, no fee” contingency fee agreements.

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