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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After a Catastrophic Accident

A devastating accident – whether caused by a traffic collision, construction accident, or any other dangerous incident – is likely to leave any victims with severe physical injury. Some of the consequences may be permanent, such as spinal cord injuries and lost limbs, and require lifelong medical treatment and rehabilitation. What also needs to be considered when seeking justice for victims of catastrophic injuries is emotional scarring.

Horrific events or moments of overwhelming pain can be enough to throw someone into shock. Many people who have suffered a catastrophic injury report post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms similar to those experienced by military members coming back from a warzone. Even if they did not suffer a permanent, life-threatening injury, the accident itself can be enough to traumatize them.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might have PTSD:

  • Uncontrollable flashbacks to the event
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Persistent anxiety
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Depression or uncharacteristic anger
  • Insomnia

There are approved medical treatments – such as therapy or prescription medication – that might be useful to you. Be sure to contact your physician right away if you think you have PTSD due to a catastrophic accident.

Compensation for PTSD Victims

There is some good news for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that is rooted to an accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. An injury claim may be filed against the responsible party that seeks damages related to both mental and physical harm. After all, therapy sessions could be required for the rest of your life, and you should not have to pay for them out of your own pocket when the incident was not your fault.

I, Portland catastrophic injury attorney Timothy Grabe, have made it my goal to support and defend the rights of the wrongfully injured in Oregon. For more than 30 years, I have proudly been in the legal scene, taking personal injury claims exclusively. If you would like to know how you can seek compensation for your PTSD, do not hesitate to contact me today for a free consultation.