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Friday, January 16, 2015
Can a Motor Vehicle Accident Cause PTSD?
people think of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of veterans
returning from war zones or of victims of violent crimes. However, you may not
realize that PTSD may result from any type of sudden traumatic event. For many
people, being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident can trigger PTSD,
which can continue for months or even years and cause many complications for an
auto accident in Clearwater was caused by the negligence of another driver or party,
you deserve to recover for all losses you suffered as a result. This includes
recovery for your physical injuries and emotional trauma, which includes PTSD
treatment. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and you believe you may
be suffering from PTSD, your first step should always be to seek proper medical
attention and treatment. Next, you should always call an experienced personal
injury attorney to find out how you may recover for your losses.
to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)1 published by the American
Psychiatric Association, you can be diagnosed with PTSD if you have been
exposed to an event that resulted in actual or threatened injuries, death, or
violence and suffer some or all of the following symptoms:
and recurring intrusive memories of the event.
flashbacks that may result in a “blackout” period of lost consciousness.
or intense psychological and/or physiological distress after reminders of the
avoidance of any traumatic reminders, which may even lead to refusal to leave
loss of the traumatic event.
marked loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, alienation from
others, self-blame or self-harm, and other emotional responses.
following a motor vehicle accident
vehicle accidents occur suddenly, generally with little or no warning, and can
be very violent experiences. Many motor vehicles involved in accidents can lose
control, roll over multiple times, cause chain reaction crashes, and more. This
experience can be highly disorienting and traumatic for accident victims,
especially younger children who do not understand the risks of motor vehicle
Studies have shown2 that nearly 10 percent of
individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents develop PTSD symptoms as a
result of their experience. Some symptoms specifically related to PTSD induced
by motor vehicle accidents include fear or driving, fear of riding as a
passenger in any type of motor vehicle, and related anxiety disorders. As you
can imagine, having an intense fear of traveling in motor vehicles can have a
substantially limiting effect on a victim's life. In some instances, victims
who refuse to ride in a motor vehicle are unable to get to work or school,
medical appointments, and other important obligations. Others require extensive
counseling, therapy, and/or medication in order to tolerate motor vehicle
factors can put an individual at risk of PTSD following a motor vehicle accident,
including the following:
having limited or poor coping abilities prior to the accident.
existing mental health problems prior to the accident.
severe physical injury in the accident.
a significant other or another loved one in the accident.
physical recovery from your accident-related injuries.
physical limitations due to your injuries.
with reengaging in school or work following the accident due to your injuries.
If you have
suffered physical or emotional injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was
someone else's fault, you have the legal right to hold the responsible party
liable for your losses. Call the Dolman Law Group in Florida to discuss a
possible case at 727-451-6900 today.