Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been a common part of the human experience for a long time, but it was not truly recognized until the 1970s, after the Vietnam War. In the decades since, PTSD has become a widely known mental health condition that could stem from a variety of traumatic events – not just war.
For example, severe car crashes can be incredibly traumatic, which can leave injured individuals suffering from PTSD.
Many people overlook the risk of PTSD after a car accident
There are two primary reasons that mental health is often overlooked after an accident:
- Physical injuries are visible. And, since they require extensive and immediate medical attention, they can also take precedence over mental and emotional health after an accident.
- On top of that, the shock and emotional trauma of a crash often do not appear until long after the accident.
However, PTSD can be just as dangerous and damaging as any visible injury.
How can you tell if a loved one is suffering from PTSD after an accident?
It can be difficult to see the signs of mental or emotional conditions. After all, they do not leave visible injuries or scars. However, there are common signs of PTSD you can be on the lookout for in your loved one after a car crash, including
- They take extreme measures to avoid the location of the accident, or perhaps even vehicles altogether;
- They refuse to drive again;
- They suffer from severe anxiety or panic attacks after the crash;
- They isolate themselves from others and worry excessively about their future; or
- They are constantly aware and alert of risks or dangers, and this alertness intrudes on their daily life.
These symptoms can detract from your loved one’s recovery as well as their quality of life after a car crash. If you recognize these symptoms in your loved one, it might be beneficial to seek professional help, so they can fully recover.
In Pennsylvania, you can recover compensation for the pain and suffering you and your loved ones experience after an accident caused by another’s negligence. That is why it is critical to consult an experienced attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. This can help pay for the costs of treatment and reduce your family’s stress in the tough time after an accident.
Talk To A Trusted Attorney If You Are Experiencing PTSD
PTSD can greatly effect a person’s quality of life and relationships. You can callMcDonald at Law the firm’s Lancaster office now at 717-208-2641 or toll-free at 800-734-8239. The firm is also available by email.