Most car accidents are pretty run of the mill. You’re stopped at a red light and someone runs into the back of your car. It’s not fun but you’ll survive. There isn’t a whole lot of shock value in an accident like this. Some accidents, however, can cause some pretty severe anxiety.
Let’s say you’re involved in a tractor trailer accident. You’re driving to work one day going about 65 mph on the highway. Out of nowhere, a tractor-trailer comes barreling toward you going about 75 mph. They’re headed right for you and there’s nothing you can do. The truck hits you. You suffer very serious injuries.
When you’re in the hospital, they’re not sure you’ll survive. You need multiple surgeries. You spend weeks in the hospital followed by months in a rehab facility. You’ll find out that you’ll never be able to walk again. You’ll be confined to a wheelchair.
When you finally get out of the hospital, you realize you can’t get in the car. You physically cannot bring yourself to slide into the car seat. You are paralyzed with fear and anxiety. This is just the beginning of what appears to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)
What is PTSD?
A lot of people hear the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and think it’s a fake injury. People who go to war suffer PTSD – not people who are in a car accident. However, an accident can cause a person to suffer from PTSD.
The symptoms of PTSD include:
- Re-experiencing the trauma over and over again. You may have nightmares of getting hit by the tractor-trailer time and time again. You may have visions of the impact and be unable to stop them.
- Emotional numbness is a symptom of PTSD. You may shut everyone out including friends and family. You may want to spend all your time alone, unable to socialize. Also, you may be unable to express your feelings whether they’re happy, sad or just pain.
- Increased arousal is common with PTSD. If you find that you can’t sit still or concentrate, you may be suffering from PTSD.
- Heightened anxiety
- Unexplained anger and outbursts of rage
If you experience any of these symptoms following your accident, you may be suffering from PTSD. You’ll need to see a licensed psychologist to confirm this. Your car accident lawyer will need their testimony and diagnosis as proof of your injuries.
What Causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Like we mentioned earlier, there are some obvious things that can cause PTSD. Some of these things include:
- Military service
- Escaping from a house fire
- Being the victim or witness to a crime
There are also some less obvious things that can cause PTSD. You don’t have to be involved in something crazy to suffer from PTSD. Anything that causes extreme anxiety can be the source of PTSD. Some of the less obvious causes of PTSD include:
- Actually experiencing a traumatic event
- Witnessing a traumatic event
- Learning that a tragic event happened to a family member
- Repeated exposure to anxiety driven events
A serious car accident can certainly cause PTSD. If you think you’ve been suffering from PTSD, contact a Boston car accident attorney immediately.
What Damages Can You Claim for PTSD?
If you’ve legitimately suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a car accident, your attorney will demand that you be compensated. Some of the damages associated with PTSD include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
It won’t be easy to prove your case. Juries are very skeptical of claims of PTSD. They figure normal people suffer tragedies every day and go on to live normal lives. Most people don’t stop working because of something like PTSD. And, when they do, it’s usually because their job is what caused the PTSD to begin with.
When you make a claim for PTSD in a car accident case, be prepared to prove your damages. Your Boston car accident lawyer will have to rely on medical experts to prove your case. This can be expensive and time-consuming. This is why your lawyer will work hard to settle your case so there’s no need for a trial.
Contact the Jon Soto Law Firm Today
If you’ve been in a serious car accident and are suffering from PTSD, call the Jon Soto Law Firm today. You can schedule your free initial consultation. Your attorney can review your case and let you know what it may be worth. You pay nothing until you settle your case.