We have all heard about various situations involving car accidents and
the physical injuries they cause. It changes entire lives, hurting individuals
and leaving them in a state of confusion regarding what to do next.
However, as serious as physical injuries are, there are also emotional
damages that may be sustained after a car accident that can cause harm
to a person. This can include post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Commonly associated with injured soldiers returning from home, PTSD is
also something that can happen to individuals who have been hurt in a
car accident. Here are some of the long-term impacts of developing PTSD
after a crash.
How PTSD Impacts a Survivor
An individual who has PTSD may often feel anxiety and stress when a flashback
arises or when a trigger is encountered. In terms of PTSD caused by a
car accident, this can come in a number of different forms and leave individuals
often feeling disconnected from themselves.
Some of the potential triggers that may exist include a car honking their
horn, the sounds of tires screeching from braking abruptly, and loud impacts
that remind the survivor of the same sounds they heard during the crash itself.
For the survivor, this often makes a difference in even the smallest things,
like whether or not they will operate a vehicle and how their daily lives
are impacted as a result. Understanding how you’re affected and
what may be done is important.
Can Legal Action Be Taken?
Those suffering from physical injuries often seek what are called economic
damages because there is a direct monetary value placed on their injury.
For instance, they must have received medical care and they may have lost
income as a result. These are economical losses.
Some situations, such as when a survivor develops PTSD, cannot always be
quantified by an economic loss. The compensation that may be sought is
called non-economic damages which the courts often use to help for pain
However, most injured individuals seek both.
At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, our
Austin car accident attorneys have a firm understanding of the various injuries that may be sustained,
including emotional trauma. We work hard to help you from start to finish
so you can feel peace of mind at all times.
Ready to discuss your potential options?
Call us today.