Car accidents can be traumatic events for everyone involved. Even a minor fender-bender can cause stress and anxiety for weeks or months after the crash. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, motor-vehicle accidents are the most common traumatic event for males, and the second most common traumatic event for females in the United States.
Survivors of motor-vehicle accidents often experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Some require physiotherapy and medications to cope.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, you should not have to pay for medical expenses and lost income out of your own pocket. A New Orleans auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC can help you make a claim against the at-fault motorist.
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Until then, read on to learn more about PTSD after a car accident:
Risk Factors for Motor-Vehicle Accident PTSD
According to the National Institutes of Health, people who are in car accidents are at an increased risk of developing psychological issues such as PTSD. Certain factors before, during and after the crash may increase the risk of developing PTSD and related conditions. These include:
- Pre-Accident Variables: Inability to cope with previous traumatic events; the presence of a mental health issue such as depression; limited social support
- During the Accident: Degree of physical injury; any threat to life; loss of significant others in the wreck
- Post-Accident Variables: Rate of physical recovery; level of social support from family and friends; level of active engagement in work and social activities
Accident victims who can quickly return to their previous ways of life are more likely to get passed their PTSD symptoms. Unfortunately, many people fail to seek treatment for emotional trauma, focusing only on physical injuries. If you do not seek treatment, then your PTSD symptoms are more likely to persist for longer than six months.
Symptoms of Motor-Vehicle Accident PTSD
Every PTSD case is unique. Although stress and anxiety are normal after accidents, you should be concerned if these feelings last for several weeks or months. Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Inability to drive or be in a vehicle;
- Persistent feeling of uneasiness;
- Refusal to take medical tests;
- Irrational anger, irritability or worry;
- Persistent nightmares;
- Inability to control thoughts related to car accidents;
- And feelings of disconnectedness.
Treatments for Motor-Vehicle Accident PTSD
Both psychotherapy and medications have proven effective for treating PTSD after an auto accident. Psychotherapy includes cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Louisiana, a New Orleans injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options.