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 & PTSD Symptoms
Some of the basic symptoms of PTSD are persistent feelings of:
- Fear or terror
- 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.
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