Could you be suffering with PTSD from a car accident? Learn the warning signs of this condition and your right to compensation from the negligent driver.

Are You Suffering From PTSD After a Car Crash?

One of the hidden injuries you or a loved one could develop after a car accident is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What makes this condition so difficult is the fact that you may look normal on the outside after you recover from your physical injuries, but you are actually suffering with symptoms of a serious medical condition. Unfortunately, you may become totally disabled and be unable to work if you have PTSD.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a psychological condition that can affect people who have experienced a traumatic event. While it is usually associated with witnessing the horrors of war, victims of car accidents can also suffer this type of trauma, especially if they were in a serious car accident, such as a head-on collision, high-speed impact crash, drunk driving wreck, and more. This is a disabling psychological disorder that occurs when the person’s brain is unable to shut off the fight-or-fright reaction caused by experiencing a traumatic event.

Symptoms of PTSD

One thing to keep in mind about PTSD is that you may not experience it right after your car accident. It can take weeks, months, or even longer for you to develop symptoms. Signs that you may have this condition include:

  • Experiencing flashbacks or episodes where you relive the auto crash
  • Having nightmares about the accident
  • Avoiding thinking about or talking about the accident
  • Feeling numb emotionally
  • Not enjoying activities that you once got pleasure from
  • Feeling hopeless about life
  • Having problems with memory and concentration
  • Not being able to maintain close relationships
  • Becoming unusually irritable and angry
  • Being overwhelmed by guilt or shame
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors, such as consuming too much alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Being startled or frightened more easily than before your crash
  • Seeing or hearing things that are not really there

If a car accident caused you to develop PTSD, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver. However, his insurance company may fight longer and harder to deny or reduce your claim due to the nature of your PTSD injury and the potentially high value of your claim. Our experienced car accident lawyers are here to answer your questions and to fight for the settlement you deserve. Just call our office or fill out our online form to schedule your free initial consultation today to get started learning about your legal options.