When someone hears of a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) case, they may automatically think the victim to be a war veteran or an individual who has experienced life-altering trauma. However, it may be hard to understand the range of this disorder, as it has the potential to affect individuals in any kind of traumatic event. That being said, PTSD can influence the recovery of a car accident victim, especially if he or she has been physically impacted by a severe automotive accident.

What Is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, “is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault,” according to the American Psychiatric Association. The disorder does not discriminate; it affects about 3.5 percent of adults in the United States of America, and almost “one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.”

Life will be altered to avoid any triggers that can set the victim off. The victim may have to face negative self-reflecting thoughts that question his or her actions or the actions of surrounding ecosystems. Ongoing “fear, horror, guilt, or shame” may plague the victim for an uncertain period of time.

What to Do if You Have Experienced Ptsd After a Car Accident?

If you have been physically impacted by a severe automotive accident, you may have experienced some form of PTSD or another related condition, like acute stress disorder or adjustment disorder. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association reports, “an estimated 13 to 21 percent of survivors of car accidents develop acute stress disorder.” More often than not, victims of PTSD will need professional help to overcome the disorder and move on to live a healthy lifestyle. Different forms of therapy, including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, group therapy, traditional medicine, and alternative medicine, can be used to treat a PTSD victim.

Jenkins Law P.L. will work with a car accident victim to ensure the negligent party responsible for the automotive accident is addressed. Additionally, Jenkins Law P.L. can help a car accident victim who is severely injured and suffering from PTSD receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one were physically impacted by a traumatic automotive accident, trust Jenkins Law P.L. to be your knowledgeable legal advocate.

Moreover, Florida’s no-fault system or personal injury protection (PIP) coverage may cover this treatment. Our lawyers can speak with you in great detail regarding this coverage, especially since we specialize in personal injury protection (PIP) litigation. Jenkins Law P.L. has achieved dozens of positive verdicts for its clients throughout Pinellas  County, and they can do the same for you. Schedule your FREE case evaluation and a FREE consultation with our team today.

This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a Car Accident Lawyers in St Petersburg. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your situation.

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