There can be mental injuries as well as physical injuries caused by a car crash. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a car crash. If you have suffered trauma or injury just one time, such as in an auto crash, you can suffer from PTSD after the traumatic incident is over.
The PTSD can lead to numbing or to avoidance of situations, such as driving or riding in a vehicle. It can affect one’s ability to do their daily activities and can leave the accident victim unable to work.
PTSD Will Have Lasting Effects
PTSD is a serious mental and emotional condition. It can be crippling. If you don’t get the right care, you can suffer for excessively for years to come. While PTSD cannot be cured, and flashbacks and episodes will be existent, ongoing mental healthcare can help you get your life back on track.
You will have mounting medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injuries and damages. The losses and damages will not end a few days after the accident, but can last for months or even years.
Determining the Other Driver’s Liability for the Crash That Caused PTSD
When an individual has suffered mental and emotional distress in a car accident, he or she can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. You will need to prove that the other party was at fault and/or liable for the damages that resulted.
If you can prove the other driver acted carelessly or negligently, you can have a successful personal injury claim. There are four elements of negligence – duty, breach, causation, and damages. In some cases, it is easy to determine fault or liability. At other times, it is much more challenging to prove.
You can support your claim with the accident report, witness statements, medical records, medical bills, photos of the accident scene, photos of damages and injuries, and proof of missed work and lost wages. The more documentation and evidence that you can provide, the stronger you claim and the much more likely you are to be awarded compensation for your losses.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident that caused you to suffer PTSD, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who is licensed in your state. An accident injury attorney is familiar with state laws regarding these kinds of claims and can help build a strong case on your behalf.
Your personal injury attorney can fight for you in a court of law should your claim advance to that level. Your lawyer will not be paid until you have been compensated for your losses through a judgment or settlement. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to get your claim on track today so you can recover the compensation you are entitled to receive after an auto accident.