Experiencing PTSD after a car accident?

Auto accidents happen every day in Illinois but, thankfully, most are minor in nature. There are some, though, that have severe — if not fatal — outcomes. After a serious car accident, a survivor may experience a number of physical injuries, which is expected. What he or she may not expect are the psychological injuries that often present following this type of traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, is experienced by nearly 40% of all car accident victims.

PTSD presents itself in several ways. Those that have it may not realize that they do right away. Common signs of PTSD include:

  • Nightmares
  • Social avoidance
  • Negative mood and thoughts
  • Intrusive memories

Many people experience these things after a traumatic event, but eventually, things get better and they move on. Those with PTSD do not move on. These issues continue to get worse, to the point that daily life becomes a real struggle. Thankfully, there are treatments out there that can help those with PTSD — both talk therapy and medication. Getting the right help starts with getting a diagnosis.

If, following a car accident, signs of PTSD emerge, getting help as soon as possible is strongly advised. The sooner one gets assistance from trained professionals, the sooner the healing process can begin. Getting treatment does come at a cost, and the expense is not something a car accident victim should have to shoulder alone. In Illinois, psychological damages may be compensable. Legal counsel can review the details of one’s case and help one seek maximum relief by filing civil claims against those thought responsible for one’s losses.