Compensation for PTSD After a Car Accident Lawyers
If you were involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Car accidents can result in significant loss and injury including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may be left wondering how to pay for your medical bills and how you’ll be able to support your family.
As the victim of a car accident, you have rights under the law. To protect your rights as you seek compensation for your injury, you should work with an experienced car accident attorney. The Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys have helped over 40,000 accident victims receive settlement checks. Call our office today at (702) 382-0000 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.
What’s the Difference Between Normal Feelings and PTSD?
After a car accident, you may be left with bad memories and nightmares. How do you know the difference between normal feelings that happen after a car accident and PTSD?
For most people, the overwhelming feelings that come after a serious car accident go away over time. When those feelings don’t go away, become stronger, or change the way you think or act, you may be suffering from PTSD.
Some people assume that only soldiers suffer from PTSD. However, anytime a person witnesses or experiences a life-threatening event, they may suffer from symptoms afterward. It is not uncommon for individuals to have difficulty sleeping or concentrating on their daily activities in the days immediately following a car accident. However, when those feelings linger for weeks or months, it may indicate you are struggling with PTSD.
How Can an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Help?
After a car accident, it is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention. Some physical injuries are not apparent in the immediate hours after a car accident. If you are injured or have a claim for PTSD, a medical examination will help substantiate your case.
After an accident that was not your fault, you will make a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance policy. Insurance companies are represented by legal counsel to protect them. You also deserve experienced representation that can help protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve through negotiation with an insurance company or in court if you file a lawsuit.
An insurance company may immediately send an insurance adjuster to ask you questions, discuss your case, and potentially offer you a settlement. These insurance adjusters are skilled negotiators, so it is important you do not speak to them without legal representation.
Your attorney can help prevent you from saying something accidentally that may negatively affect your case. Your attorney can also advise you on other preventive steps, such as staying off social media and following all of your physician’s recommendations. This will also help support your case.
Your lawyer can utilize extensive resources that you may not have access to. This can include accident reconstruction, expert witnesses, and future medical care estimations. Each of these factors can help improve the potential that you will receive fair compensation for your expenses and losses that resulted from the car accident.
Symptoms of PTSD
Researchers have found that individuals who have been in a serious motor vehicle accident have a higher risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. There is specific diagnostic criteria used by psychologists to identify PTSD. These criteria include being exposed to a traumatic event, such as a car accident. Some of the signs and symptoms include:
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
- Frequent upsetting thoughts or memories about the event
- Recurrent nightmares
- Flashbacks – feeling as though the event is happening again
- Having a physical response to the memory or flashback, such as an increased heart rate or sweating
- Being too busy to think about the traumatic event
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Irritability or anger outbursts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hypervigilant – feeling constantly on guard like danger is lurking around the corner
- Easily startled
- Difficulty remembering important parts of the event
- Loss of interest in what was once important to you
- Feeling distant from others
- Difficulty with positive feelings
- Feeling like your life may be cut short
Treatment Options for PTSD After a Nevada Car Accident
Since PTSD is a physical response brought on by an emotional trigger, it usually requires treatment for both the emotional and mental aspects. Several types of treatment may be used together to help a person overcome PTSD.
For many individuals, living with the condition has often meant compromising what you can do or where you can go on any given day. Therapists often start helping individuals establish a solid and predictable routine. This helps give some security when you begin to feel anxious.
The goal of intervention and treatment is to reestablish equilibrium and return you to your pre-accident functioning. Treatment can help you achieve control over your symptoms. Therapists educate you about the common symptoms and their prevalence after accidents. This helps normalize the experience and reduces the reluctance to talk.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the primary types of talk therapy used to help address the underlying symptoms of anxiety. This in turn helps manage flashbacks and nightmares. Therapists may also recommend exposure therapy. This places you in certain situations that are like the traumatic event that triggered the PTSD. Using exposure therapy with a therapist present can help to retrain the brain to cope with the emotions rather than going into fight-or-flight mode.
Therapists may also use antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication to moderate the symptoms of PTSD in conjunction with cognitive therapy. This helps control symptoms while you and the therapist are getting to the root cause of the disorder.
Several risk factors have been found that increase the chance that you may develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event. These include:
- You feel like you lost touch during or immediately after the event.
- Family history of mental illness such as diagnosed depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or sleep disorders
- High levels of emotion during or immediately after the event
- History of trauma
- Lack of local support
- A perceived threat to your life
Contact Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys Today
If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault and suffered physical injury or developed PTSD, contact Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys. Our team of compassionate and experienced lawyers understands you have a unique story. We want to help you get fair compensation for your injuries and accident-related expenses from the at-fault party. We are tenacious negotiators and aggressive litigators. We fight to protect your rights and your future with insurance companies or in court when necessary.
Contact our office today at (702) 382-0000 or online to schedule your free consultation.