Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a car crash can affect every aspect of your life. Fortunately, you can recover PTSD accident compensation if you can prove another party caused your accident.
How Can PTSD Affect an Accident Victim?
There are a few debilitating symptoms involved with PTSD. They include:
1. Re-experiencing symptoms: This can involve nightmares, frightening thoughts, and reliving the accident. This can make it difficult to sleep or concentrate. Fatigue and trouble concentrating can affect both your enjoyment of life and your ability to do your job.
2. Avoidance symptoms: Many PTSD sufferers attempt to avoid any reminders of their accident. For car accident PTSD sufferers, this often means avoiding cars or driving. This can make it impossible to get to work or school or to attend important appointments. This can also make it difficult to spend time with friends and family that do not live with the victim.
3. Arousal and reactivity symptoms (i.e., being on edge): This can make it difficult to sleep or relax or enjoy time with friends and family.
4. Cognition and mood symptoms:
Trouble remembering main things about the accident
Feeling bad about yourself or the world
Feeling guilty or blaming others
Giving up activities you used to enjoy
These symptoms can affect your enjoyment of life and your relationships with others.
How Do I Recover Compensation for PTSD in an Accident Settlement?
There are two requirements to recover compensation for PTSD in an accident settlement.
First, we must prove that the other driver was at-fault for the collision in question.
Once we prove the other driver’s liability, we must then prove that your PTSD is a direct result of your car accident. This can be difficult as PTSD is somewhat subjective. To show your PTSD resulted from your car accident, we might:
- Gather your medical records: We can show the other driver’s insurer that you did not require therapy until after the accident occurred. This can substantiate a claim that your mental health suffered due to the accident.
- Discuss your case with a medical expert: We can obtain testimony from a medical expert that illustrates how your PTSD could have resulted from your accident.
- Use your own testimony/testimony of friends and family: Keep a journal to show how your PTSD affects your daily life. Note flashbacks you have or fights with friends and family. We can also discuss your condition with friends and family to determine how your PTSD has negatively affected your relationships.
Get Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Today
The insurance company will make recovering compensation for PTSD exceedingly difficult. And if you are suffering from PTSD symptoms, it may be difficult or impossible for you to focus on everything you will need to do to prove your claim. You do not need to handle this alone.
Call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. at 404-474-0804 to learn more about how we can help you.