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How a car accident can cause mental trauma

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It’s no secret that car accidents can cause serious physical injuries. But what about your mental health? Can a car accident lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? 

Recent studies have shown that a car accident can cause significant mental trauma. 

PTSD and its symptoms

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Due to their sudden and unexpected nature, car accidents are among the most common triggers of PTSD. A crash can be a very traumatic event, especially if serious injuries occur or if the crash is life-threatening. The physical injuries from the accident may heal, but the psychological wounds may last much longer. 

In a car accident, victims may experience a sense of helplessness and fear as they are thrust into a situation beyond their control. This can lead to a feeling of powerlessness and isolation, as well as overwhelming anxiety and stress. In some cases, these symptoms may persist long after the day of the accident, making it difficult for victims to return to their everyday lives. 

If you think you may be experiencing PTSD from a car accident, it is essential to seek professional help. There are several options available, and a qualified mental health professional can help you choose the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

You may also benefit from legal assistance to show that the car accident was the cause of your PTSD and that you are owed financial compensation for psychiatric and medical treatment. A personal injury attorney can gather the evidence to build a strong case so that you can receive compensation for the full range of costs, including lost wages, medical expenses, and any pain and suffering you may have endured.