Accident victims can suffer from a variety of injuries as the result of a careless driver. Many victims, however, are too overwhelmed by their physical injuries to give their mental states much attention. Car wrecks can hurt a victim's mental health just as badly as internal injuries or broken bones. Did you know that you can be compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues just as you can for physical injuries? Read on to find out more.
Wrecks That Trigger PTSD
Even minor accidents can create mental trauma for victims. If, however you've been in a wreck that included the below situations, you should be especially vigilant for signs of PTSD and seek help:
- Wrecks that involved high speeds, multiple vehicles, and vehicles with more than the usual amount of damage.
- Wrecks that left you seriously injured and in particularly horrific circumstances.
- Wrecks that took a life.
- Wrecks in which you felt responsible for the injuries (even if you were not at fault).
PTSD Red Flags
You have the right to have your mental health care paid for by the at-fault driver's insurer. If you notice any of the following symptoms of PTSD, seek help from a mental health professional right away:
- Anxiety – Whether it's sudden, fleeting or constant. Some people mix up boredom and anxiety.
- Panic – More pronounced than anxiety and characterized by a pounding heart, quickened breathing, and a certainty that something bad is about to happen.
- Isolation – Spending more time alone than usual.
- Sleep disturbances – Not sleeping, sleeping too much, or getting bad dreams.
- Flashbacks – Reliving the crash again and again.
Seek Legal Assistance
You need more than just a good therapist if you are suffering from PTSD. While it can more difficult to prove mental health problems, you can do so and be compensated with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Take the following steps to ensure your therapy is paid for and your pain and suffering are compensated:
- Begin keeping a journal of your day-to-day struggles to cope with your injuries and PTSD.
- Seek professional mental health care and follow all suggested therapies.
- Keep records of your appointments as well as your medications. Be sure to include any issues you might have with medication and their side effects.
- Never speak to the insurance representative for the other guy's insurance. You don't have to, and doing so could harm your case.
Speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.