A very normal response to a tragic and abnormal event, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common form of mental illness brought on by exposure to serious trauma and events. People who suffer from this disorder are not always soldiers returning from the war front as we once thought. In fact, car accidents, cycling accidents and violent assaults are some of leading causes of PTSD.
When do PTSD symptoms appear?
While it is normal to be upset and anxious after a traumatic event, symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. When they fade or get worse over time, PTSD may be the cause.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
There are several signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that are fairly easy to detect. Regular flashbacks of the tragedy, nightmares, constant anxiety and fear are all typical hallmarks. In addition, several risk factors increase the likelihood that someone will develop PTSD following an accident or tragedy. If the accident was particularity severe, if the victim was catastrophically injured or feels that their life was threatened by the accident or if the victim has had a previous traumatic experience or history of mental illness, there is a greater likelihood that the disorder will develop.
Lately, there seems to be an increased awareness of PTSD, but those who suffer still struggle when bringing claims related to non-physical injuries to court. Medical evidence is always key to proving your condition. If you have suffered a trauma and are experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible to reduce the symptoms and allow you to cope better. It will also be helpful keep records of everything that you have experienced in the aftermath of the traumatic incident.
The success of a personal injury claim for PTSD always depends on the nature of the injury as well as the medical diagnosis and the evidence. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you make the claim with making claims and get you compensation for your treatment, loss of income, pain and suffering and other damages.