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Did a crash leave you with more than physical suffering?

A motor vehicle crash is a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. If you have recently been in a collision, you don't need to be told that your life is not the same. Whether you suffered catastrophic injuries, lost a loved one or escaped with minor wounds, the event itself may have changed you.

Even if your injuries are healing and your prognosis is good, you may be experiencing other symptoms you are embarrassed to talk about. Perhaps you are having nightmares or anxiety attacks when you never dealt with these problems before the crash. If this sounds familiar, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of your crash. PTSD is treatable, but it is important that you seek help before the symptoms interfere with your quality of life.

How do I know if I have PTSD?

PTSD is a mental disorder that develops in people who have experienced a serious, shocking event. The fact that is it a mental disorder may be the reason why many victims of car crashes are reluctant to seek help for this often-debilitating condition. Nevertheless, among those who seek help from a mental health professional following a collision, about 60 percent receive a diagnosis of PTSD. You may also have this condition if you experience any of these symptoms after your crash:

  • Overreaction to events that remind you of the crash, such as car horns or tires screeching
  • Inability to get behind the wheel again because of fear or anxiety
  • Unreasonable alertness to potential danger
  • Flashbacks and nightmares of the crash
  • Hyper emotions, such as outbursts of anger, irritability or depression

You may be more susceptible to traumatic stress if the crash left you with life-threatening injuries, if you lost a loved one or if you struggled to get the support you needed after the incident. The symptoms of PTSD can leave you unable to function, especially if you are afraid to be in or around moving vehicles. You may be unable to sleep or appropriately interact with co-workers, friends and family.

If your PTSD symptoms resulted from a crash caused by another driver's negligence, you have a right to seek compensation so you can obtain treatment for all your symptoms. You do not have to live your life in fear and anxiety. Having Tennessee legal and medical professionals to assist you can make a difference in your recovery.

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