Compensation for PTSD After Car Accident
The collision of two motor vehicles is a sudden and violent event and often causes the individuals involved to fear for their lives. It is understandable that survivors of serious car accidents may re-live the terrifying ordeal and experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months after an accident. If you have been in a traumatic car accident or motorcycle accident, you may be at risk of developing PTSD and need help.
At Millar & Mixon, our PTSD car accident attorneys represent people who have been injured in accidents in Atlanta caused by the negligence of other drivers. You should be focused on your recovery and not having to worry about paying medical bills for injuries caused by the fault of others. We work to help victims of accidents obtain the full compensation needed to recover from a traumatic accident. You may be eligible to claim compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering related to your post traumatic stress disorder.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Individuals who have PTSD may feel anxious or stressed even when they are not in danger, according to Emory University researchers. They may have nightmares and have trouble sleeping.
PTSD is a serious psychological condition that may require ongoing counseling and medication for up to 12 weeks or longer. A doctor who treats mental illnesses can diagnose PTSD. Whether you can claim compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider will depend on your specific medical diagnosis and how the condition is disrupting your life.
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
It’s normal to have some PTSD symptoms in the first weeks after a serious car accident. It is an expected response to a traumatic event. Not everyone who is involved in a car accident develops post-traumatic stress disorder. But some people develop symptoms that do not go away.
PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms that generally fall into three categories, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Re-experiencing symptoms, including flashbacks and nightmares;
- Avoidance symptoms including keeping away from places that are reminders of the experience, feeling emotionally numb and losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past;
- Hyperarousal symptoms such as feeling tense, irritable and having trouble sleeping
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other psychological symptoms may be factors in a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to the NIH, to be diagnosed with PTSD, an individual must have all of the following symptoms for at least a month:
- One re-experiencing symptom
- Three avoidance symptoms
- Two hyperarousal symptoms
- Symptoms that make it difficult to go
to work or school and be with friends.
How Does PTSD Apply to Georgia Car Accidents?
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of post traumatic stress disorder among the general public. PTSD is a type of serious injury that car accident victims may sustain, though it is not always immediately apparent.
After a car accident, the expenses related to medical treatment including psychological or psychiatric care and medication to treat PTSD may be substantial and ongoing for a lengthy period of time. Certain antidepressants may be prescribed to manage symptoms of PTSD as well as psychotherapy. These PTSD treatment expenses and any anticipated future treatment expenses may be included as part your medical bills in a claim for compensation.
What if I Cannot Work?
Reliving the experience of a catastrophic car accident and having intrusive thoughts that cause anxiety can be disruptive to your day-to-day routines including your ability to maintain a regular work schedule. You may have difficulty driving.
You may be entitled to compensation for your lost income because you are unable to work as a result of PTSD from a car accident. Victims of negligence in Georgia are entitled to claim compensation for economic damages as well as some non-economic damages. Medical bills and lost income are forms of economic damage.
If you are unable to work as a result of injuries related to a car accident, including a psychological disorder, you be entitled to seek compensation for your loss of past and future wages and income. A skilled attorney can help you document the amount of lost wages or income related to PTSD.
Compensation for PTSD—Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in Atlanta
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life-altering injury that can greatly affect your life if you do not receive appropriate treatment. The first thing you need to do is get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Contact Millar and Mixon Law Firm: GA Car Accident Lawyers
At Millar & Mixon, our knowledgeable PTSD lawyers work with recognized medical experts who can document a diagnosis of PTSD, explain how it relates to the ordeal that you have endured and describe its effects on an accident victim’s life. It is important to have highly qualified medical experts. This type of testimony is critical to proving damages related to PTSD injury as part of a personal injury car accident claim.
Our Atlanta attorneys handle PTSD car accident claims on a contingency free basis. If you are unable to obtain money on your behalf, you don’t owe us any fee.
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