Can You Get PTSD After a Serious Car Accident?


Serious injuries incurred during a car accident can often lead to ongoing rehabilitation and a need for ongoing care. Even though there are many injuries that can cause long-standing physical conditions from an accident, it’s often difficult to consider compensation for the emotional scars that a person can face after a serious car accident. Around 9% of car accident victims in the United States develop some type of PTSD from their accident.

Even though your body may be continuing to respond naturally to recovery from your physical symptoms, the added stress can be difficult on yourself as well as your family. Symptoms can even progress years or months later from a series of triggers like pulling up to a red light or hear screeching brakes.

PTSD can be categorized by feeling unsettled when you get into the car or when you’re driving. Being involved in an accident could change your driving habits including new imagined threats or driving extremely cautiously. If you find yourself hesitating behind the wheel or you are avoiding driving altogether after a serious accident, you may benefit from a number of therapeutic techniques for your condition. Many people who experience PTSD take on exposure therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy or medications in order to manage their condition after an accident.

If you are starting to feel anxiety after a car accident you could be facing some of the initial obstacles associated with PTSD. Speaking to a car accident attorney can make sure that you can get access to the extra compensation that you may need to manage your treatment. Contact us today if you are in need of a free case consultation after you have been involved in an accident.

This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a New Port Richey Car Accident Lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!

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