Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) And Florida Car Collisions
Emotional distress, including a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is possible after you have been involved in a Florida car crash. Burns, bruises, and cuts are clear visual indicators of physical harm, but emotional wounds may be slow to show and take months or years to heal. Some accident victims learn to cope with the harm over the course of their lifetimes as they never completely heal from the traumatic event.
According to one estimate, nearly half of all individuals involved in severe car wrecks suffer from symptoms of PTSD. Because serious car accidents can be emotionally shocking and disturbing, it is possible accident victims in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa may be unable to live life as smoothly as they did prior to the crash. There is help available, mental health professionals can be beneficial, but expenses for mental health treatment and care for physical injuries can be high. Discuss your damage recovery options with an experienced attorney.
Depression, Flashbacks, and Lack of Joy are Symptoms of PTSD
Fatal car accidents and crashes that result in severe injuries are life-altering events. Pain and suffering is possible, beyond any need for hospitalization, surgery, and ongoing medical care.
If you are suffering from emotional distress, keep a journal of symptoms you are experiencing and reach out for mental health support. It is possible you are suffering from PTSD, symptoms include the following:
- Sensations of unease, unrest, or distress
- Flashbacks or nightmares of the crash
- Disrupted sleep or inability to sleep consistently
- Anxiety, irritability, stress, and depression
- Unable to experience joy
- Lack of interest in hobbies, activities, friends and family
- Sweating and heart racing
A mental health professional will ask you questions about your symptoms and develop a path forward, a treatment plan to help you cope with the psychological trauma you experienced in connection to the event itself and its aftermath.
Strategies for Coping and Healing
Even when it feels like it is impossible to get better, there are strategies and treatments available for individuals living with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Healthy habits and nurturing environments can be established. Not so the event will be forgotten, but so a car accident victim can manage daily life and cope with upsetting, distressing, and shocking memories.
Emotional pain and psychological distress can be part of a claim after a Tampa car crash or Hudson motorcycle accident. Expenses connected to physical injuries and fees related to mental health treatment will be tallied. Then, a Florida personal injury attorney will assess the details of your situation and let you know what level of compensation is possible.
After a Florida accident are you or a loved one struggling with PTSD symptoms? Talk to a skilled legal professional to understand what your options are moving forward. Compensation may be possible if you are juggling medical care expenses, property damages, and lost income. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your free consultation today.