June 2, 2021 Posted In Car Accidents
Victims involved in serious car accidents commonly suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) long after the crash. Even though it isn’t a physical injury, if a collision has caused or triggered your PTSD, you may have a legal claim for damages.
To file a successful claim for PTSD after a car accident, you must prove that you suffer from the psychological condition and that another party caused it. That proof typically means a diagnosis from a qualified mental health expert or at least corroborating testimony. Their testimony must establish that you:
Placing a dollar value on your suffering and the impact PTSD has had on your life may not be easy. Medical records of treatment you have received will be vital in proving your PTSD and the amount of compensation you deserve, including:
An attorney can help you gather this evidence, as well as come up with an estimate of your claim’s value and the amount of compensation you deserve.
The expert witness for your case will typically testify that an initial stressful event occurred, as well as to the nature, signs, and symptoms of your PTSD, that may include:
The effects of PTSD may be included as part of your claim for “pain and suffering” following a car accident, or they may be pursued as a separate category of damages.
Car accidents are a leading cause of PTSD because of the rate at which collisions occur and the risk of harm. Even if the individuals involved suffer relatively minor injuries, there is still potential for someone to suffer from PTSD. However, there are signs that a car accident is more likely to cause a victim to develop PTSD, such as:
Symptoms may not manifest immediately after the accident and can gradually worsen over time. It is best to schedule an evaluation with a mental health professional as soon as you notice any changes in your behaviors or thoughts. Early intervention will ensure you receive the proper treatment and will provide the documentation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you have a claim for PTSD related to a car accident, contact Hanson & Mouri. Our Riverside Car Accident Attorneys can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options in a free consultation; call (951) 688-0006 today.