As you know, it is very common to sustain physical injuries as a result of a car accident. There are many ways in which vehicle occupants can get hurt when a crash ensues.
However, you may wonder if it is also possible to sustain a mental ailment as a result of a crash. Read on to learn the answer.
CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS ARE AT RISK OF DEVELOPING A MENTAL ILLNESS
Unfortunately, it is quite possible for a car accident victim to develop a mental illness as a result of a crash. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common mental conditions accident victims experience.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “PTSD is an anxiety disorder that often follows a traumatic event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others.”
In other words, you don’t have to sustain physical injuries in a crash to develop PTSD as a result. Even bystanders who witness accidents have the potential to sustain PTSD after encountering a traumatic car accident.
For many people, the PTSD symptoms they experience after a car accident include:
- Re-experiencing the trauma,
- Continuously avoiding thoughts or experiences associated with the crash,
- Detaching from emotional responsiveness, and
- Heightened physical arousal.
IF YOU’VE BEEN HURT IN A CRASH, WE’RE HERE TO HELP
As you know, you can recover damages in a car accident for physical injuries, but you may not be aware that you can recover compensation for psychological harm as well. If you’ve experienced PTSD or another mental condition after a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Don’t delay—reach out to our office right away to learn more about what we can do to help with your case.