What Is Owed Due To PTSD Damages?

21 April 2023
 Categories: Law, Blog

Some victims suffer more than physical injuries. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who have been hurt by a careless or negligent driver. Read on for an overview of what victims of PTSD can expect in compensation. 

Traumatic Mental Injuries After an Accident

PTSD is a common psychological condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as a car accident. Common auto accident PTSD symptoms can include: PTSD can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as a car accident. Some common symptoms of PTSD that may occur after a car accident include:

  • Intrusive memories such as flashbacks, nightmares, or repetitive and distressing thoughts about the accident.
  • Avoidance behaviors such as avoiding certain places, people, or activities that remind the person of the accident.
  • Negative changes in mood and thinking such as feelings of guilt, shame, anger, or fear, and negative beliefs about oneself or others.
  • Hypervigilance and increased arousal such as feeling constantly on guard, easily startled, having difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and being irritable or easily angered.

If you have been involved in a car accident and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, you may be entitled to compensation.

Being Compensated for PTSD

To claim compensation for PTSD, you will need to show that the accident caused or contributed to your condition. This may require evidence from medical professionals, including a diagnosis of PTSD and documentation of your symptoms and their impact on your daily life. The amount of compensation you may receive for PTSD will depend on several factors, including the severity of your condition and the impact it has had on your life. Some of the factors that may be considered when determining compensation for PTSD include:

Medical expenses: You may be entitled to compensation for the cost of medical treatment for your PTSD, including therapy, medication, and other related expenses.

Lost wages: If your PTSD has caused you to miss work or has impacted your ability to earn a living, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages or diminished earning capacity.

Pain and suffering: PTSD can cause significant emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and flashbacks. You may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your condition.

Loss of enjoyment of life: PTSD can also impact your ability to enjoy life and participate in activities you once enjoyed. Compensation may be available to address this loss.

Talk with a legal service such as the Law Office Of Timothy M. O'Donovan to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.