PTSD Following an Accident
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is often associated with combat veterans or survivors of violent crimes. However, this disorder can affect anyone who suffers elevated anxiety following an event that caused them to fear that they or others would die or be seriously injured. Some individuals who experience such an event suffer ongoing stress, fear, and anxiety for weeks and months to come. This is common among car accident victims.
Is it PTSD?
It can be hard for most of us to differentiate between stress, anxiety, and PTSD following an accident or other traumatic event. Licensed professionals have a complex diagnostic tool that they use to determine whether someone has PTSD, and only they can make a definitive diagnosis. However, the following are some of the symptoms commonly associated with the disorder:
- Unwanted thoughts or feelings associated with the accident that intrude into everyday life
- Recurrent nightmares about the event
- Feelings of constant or near-constant elevated awareness and vigilance
- Having trouble relating with others
- Fearing that one will not live very long
These are just some of the symptoms of PTSD. If you feel you might be dealing with this disorder due to a car accident, know that you are not alone. Experts estimate that 10 – 45% of those in car accidents develop PTSD.
If you were in a car accident caused by another person or party and are now experiencing symptoms of PTSD, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call 800-242-2874 to speak with the understanding and dedicated Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today.