Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a crippling mental health condition
that affects an estimated 7 to 8 percent of the US population. You can
develop PTSD by surviving an event that is sufficiently traumatizing.
Certain medical mistakes, sexual abuse, acts of violence or natural disasters
can lead to the development of PTSD. Motor vehicle accidents are another
why people may develop this health condition.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 9 percent of
car accident survivors develop PTSD. According to the VA, there are certain factors
than may increase the risk of developing PTSD after an accident. Suffering
a catastrophic physical injury during the crash can increase the risk.
These are injuries that make it difficult or impossible to resume normal
life activities. Poor social support after a crash or preexisting mental
health conditions may also increase the risk of developing PTSD.
How Can PTSD Symptoms Affect Car Accident Survivors?
The symptoms of PTSD are brutal and can affect a person’s social,
physical and financial life. According to the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), PTSD symptoms may include
- Social isolation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Strong feelings of guilt
These symptoms may also increase the risk of suicide and substance abuse.
Marriages, friendships and professional relationships may also suffer
because of these symptoms.
People with PTSD may have trouble functioning at their jobs. They may miss
more days at work or suffer from performance issues. This is through no
fault of their own. PTSD symptoms make it extremely difficult to find
or maintain a job. In some cases, a person with PTSD may be unable to
provide a living for themselves or their family members.
Is PTSD Considered During a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Psychological trauma is a possible factor that is considered when calculating
damages during a lawsuit. However, it can sometimes be difficult to prove
that a person’s PTSD was directly caused by a motor vehicle accident.
Therefore, an attorney may call upon a qualified medical expert to provide
testimony. In some cases, the witness may be responsible for providing
care to the plaintiff.
When considering psychological damages for a lawsuit, it helps to hire
a law firm that frequently works with or employs medical professionals. The
Washington DC auto accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC work with medical professionals to help our clients
secure the compensation they need to recover.