Can You Receive Compensation for PTSD from an Automobile Accident?
An automobile accident is sudden, violent, and traumatic.
Those involved in catastrophic auto accidents may permanently fear getting back behind the wheel or even getting into a vehicle – worrying that they may experience yet another terrifying accident.
Survivors of these accidents are typically diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While some may think that PTSD is not a compensable condition following an accident, an attorney would disagree. PTSD affects a person’s quality of life, and could impact their ability to work or even function in society. Therefore, anyone suffering PTSD following an accident caused by someone’s negligence should speak with an attorney.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder. After enduring a dangerous or traumatic situation, a person may develop PTSD. Anyone can experience PTSD too. While it once was thought to only be something military members have, PTSD occurs after any type of trauma, including a motor vehicle accident, dog attack, or violent attack by another person.
A serious physical injury is not required to suffer PTSD either. A person could witness a violent or traumatic act and still develop PTSD. For example, the sudden death of a loved one or seeing a loved one die in a motor vehicle accident could result in PTSD.
Those with PTSD are stressed, anxious, and could suffer from a variety of anxiety-associated complications even if they are not in danger. Their fears are irrational, but real to them. Treatments for PTSD often require medication, counseling, and psychotherapy for 12 weeks or more. Some patients suffer from permanent PTSD, but this is rare.
How Does PTSD Apply to a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Car accidents are common in the United States, and they are a common violent act that people experience. Victims of a motor vehicle accident may not only seek compensation for physical injuries, but emotional and mental anguish too – including PTSD.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD, and sometimes the condition is not diagnosed immediately. Often, a person will recover from their physical injuries before suffering from emotional injuries. It can be a few weeks after the accident before some people realize that they have PTSD.
Compensation for PTSD varies, but often a sufferer cannot work or ride in a vehicle, and requires extensive medical treatment to overcome their fears. Therefore, the individual responsible for the accident may compensate the victim for their lost wages, medical costs, and loss of future income while they recover.
Suffering PTSD from an Accident? Contact a Fort Lauderdale Attorney
If you have suffered a catastrophic accident caused by another person’s negligence, and now you have PTSD, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with an attorney from the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld P.A. to explore your options.