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Why you should know about PTSD after car accidents

It’s perfectly normal to be shaken up after a car accident. After all, who leaves their home and proceeds to their destination actually expecting to be in an accident? Before the year is up, millions of accidents are expected to occur across the U.S. With these crash numbers, it is possible for nearly 30,000 to develop severe emotional issues stemming from the accident. 

There are several reasons behind this. First, the emotional trauma could such that a person develops post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). This is an emotional state where a person may continually relive the accident through flashbacks or have problems dealing with the fear or remorse that lingers after a crash. Because of this, an accident victim could become depressed or develop anxiety problems that they never had to deal with before.

Second, a traumatic brain injury could lead to the same emotional problems. As we have noted in prior posts, there could be a direct link between a concussion and subsequent emotional issues. A person could feel as if their whole world is beginning to fall apart not only because they are not able to enjoy life in a way that they were used to doing, but also because they no longer have the emotional drive or joy that they previously had.

These factors are particularly important for car accident victims who are seeking money damages after being injured in a crash. In negotiating a settlement or preparing a case for trial, an experienced attorney can analyze these factors in establishing an appropriate award.

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