If you developed PTSD as a result of a car accident, you will need to prove it to secure your right to compensation. Read about how witness testimony can help.

How to Prove Your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Was Caused by an Auto Collision

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While many people recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be caused by witnessing the horrors of war, not everyone realizes that it can develop as a result of other terrifying or traumatic experiences—like a car accident. If you were in a collision caused by a negligent driver, you could experience flashbacks, nightmares, an inability to maintain close relationships, and memory and concentration problems—all symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD can limit your ability to work and make it difficult to take care of some of your day-to-day needs. While you are entitled to compensation from the negligent driver, you may have to fight to receive a fair settlement from his insurance company.

Proving PTSD Was Caused by Your Car Wreck

You have the burden of proving that you developed PTSD as a result of your car accident. This can be challenging due to the fact that post-traumatic stress disorder is such a complicated psychological condition. You may need these types of evidence to establish the causal link between your accident and your disorder:

  • Expert witness. You will need a psychologist or other medical professional who treats individuals suffering with PTSD and is qualified to be an expert witness in your case. He will need to testify as to how a car accident can cause this disorder, the symptoms of PTSD that you exhibit, and how these symptoms affect your ability to work and negatively impact your life in other ways.
  • Other witnesses. In addition to an expert witness, family members, friends, and co-workers can be helpful witnesses who can corroborate the symptoms of PTSD that you are experiencing and how they affect your work, relationships, and other aspects of your life.
  • Your own testimony. Your testimony about the symptoms you are experiencing and how they have impacted your ability to work, your relationships with family and friends, and enjoyment of life is crucial.

In order to obtain the expert witness testimony, medical records, and other evidence you will need to prove your PTSD was caused by your auto crash, you need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney who will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Our skilled lawyers have decades of experience helping victims of these accidents hold the negligent driver and his insurance company accountable. To learn how we can assist you, call our office to schedule your free consultation today.

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