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PTSD a problem after serious car accidents

Following a serious auto collision, physical injuries can take a toll on your body and your finances. This is generally expected. What most people in Connecticut and elsewhere do not expect is the psychological damage that they experience after going through this type of traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder is actually a fairly common problem among victims of severe car accidents.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, roughly three million people in the United States suffer injuries in major auto accidents every year. Nine percent of those victims may suffer mental health problems as a result. If you are one of them, you may seek compensation for psychological damages, as well as any physical and monetary injuries suffered.

What is it about car accidents that leads to PTSD?

Anyone who has been through a trying experience can end up with PTSD. Surviving a major motor vehicle collision certainly qualifies as a trying experience. But it is not just the event that leads to PTSD; it is everything that happens after the fact. Researchers have found that the following variables increase one's odds of experiencing a mental health problem after a serious car crash:

  • Insufficient social support
  • Inability to reengage personally or professionally
  • Severity of the physical injuries suffered
  • Speed in which one recovers
  • Temporary or permanent physical limitations

At the end of the day, it has to do with your ability to handle stress, the details of your crash, and how much support from friends and family you have during your recovery.

Aside from PTSD, are any other mental health issues seen following car crashes?

Yes. While PTSD is the most commonly noted mental health issue following a car crash, there are others that may also develop. These include:

  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders

Any of these mental health problems can have a big effect on your rate of recovery, and your ability to reengage in your personal and professional life.

How to treat psychological injuries

It is most common to treat psychological injuries with therapy, medication or a combination of the two. However, both treatment options can take time to work and can be rather expensive.

Seek compensation

After serious car accidents, victims may be entitled to seek compensation for all of their losses; this includes any damages from psychological injuries. An experienced attorney can assist you in filing and litigating the claims appropriate to your case and will do everything possible to help you seek maximum relief.

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