Can You Get PTSD From a Car Accident?

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 7.7 million American adults have PTSD at some point in their lives. One of the most common misconceptions about post-traumatic stress disorder is that only war veterans or soldiers in combat suffer from PTSD; however, many traumatic events can cause someone to suffer from extreme trauma. In fact, A study by the American Psychological Association revealed that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month, and we want to bring attention to the often-overlooked mental health effects of car accidents. Many victims struggle with physical injuries after a crash but may not realize they have post-traumatic stress disorder. This blog will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD after a car accident and how to get help if you're struggling.

What Are The Warning Signs of PTSD After A Car Accident?

The mental distress and emotional impact after a crash can be debilitating and lead to life-altering complications for car accident victims. PTSD symptoms can vary from person to person, but some common signs may indicate you are struggling with this disorder. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's essential to seek medical attention or speak with a mental health counselor. A mental health professional can provide you with the tools and resources to cope with your PTSD.

  • Anger.

  • Reliving the accident over and over again.

  • Hyper-vigilance.

  • Fatigue.

  • Flashbacks.

  • Irritability.

  • Avoidance,

  • Changes in emotional reactions.

  • Difficulty sleeping.

  • Difficulty concentrating.

How Does PTSD Affect Your Car Accident Claim?

If you were in a car accident, even if it was a minor fender bender, and you now have PTSD, you may be wondering how this will affect your car accident claim. When you file a personal injury claim after a motor vehicle accident, it's crucial to include all the injuries you have suffered as a result of the crash; this can consist of physical injuries and emotional injuries. Also, if the impact was not your fault and a negligent driver caused it, the compensation you may be entitled to receive for your PTSD would be considered non-economic damages.

Contact Newport Beach Car Accident Lawyers

Manning Law, APC has over 100 years of combined legal experience advocating for injured car accident victims. We understand how traumatic being involved in a motor vehicle crash can be, and we will do whatever it takes to fight for your rights. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision, contact us for legal assistance.

If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, contact us today at (800) 783-5006 to schedule a free case consultation.