Can You Get PTSD from a Car Accident?

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.Auto Accident

Not everyone is susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a serious car accident. However, the fact remains that exposure to a traumatic event that threatens your life can cause PTSD symptoms that may last for months or years after the event. In fact, psychological symptoms may be more debilitating than physical injuries.

At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P. C., we fight to recover our clients’ damages to compensate for all of their car accident injuries, including any ongoing symptoms of PTSD. We understand that the first steps toward recovering from it are acknowledging it and recovering monetary damages that can pay for all necessary treatments to get a victim’s life back on track.

Car accidents can cause victims to experience serious PTSD symptoms

PTSD symptoms can create serious problems with your social or professional relationships and prevent you from enjoying your life. Those symptoms might include:

  • Recurring memories or nightmares about the car accident that intrude into regular thought processes
  • Unsuccessful attempts to avoid confronting or thinking about a car accident or avoiding people or places that may be triggers
  • Negative thoughts and mood changes that lead to depression, a sense of hopelessness, memory problems, feelings of detachment, and emotional numbness
  • Physical and emotional changes such as bouts of anger, self-destructive behavior, sleep, and concentration problems, and a tendency toward being easily startled.

These symptoms can fluctuate and may appear at any time, even years after the accident. A knowledgeable and experienced car accident lawyer will fight to recover damages to pay for ongoing medical treatments to help alleviate PTSD symptoms.

Compensation for car accident-related PTSD can include both economic and non-economic damages

In addition to recovering damages for your actual and future medical expenses associated with your PTSD symptoms, you can also claim compensation for lost wages and other actual economic expenses that flow from a PTSD diagnosis.

Your car accident attorney will also fight to recover non-economic damages, which are more time-consuming to calculate. Non-economic damages include payments for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other similar injuries specific to your case.

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PTSD caused by a car accident is very real. It can impair the daily lifestyle of even the strongest individual. We represent car accident victims in Rockland and Bergen Counties and elsewhere in New York and New Jersey to recover damages for their PTSD and the effects that it has on their lives. Call us at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. to speak with an attorney about your right to recover damages after suffering PTSD following your car accident.

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