A car accident can be a traumatic experience for just about anyone, especially if you suffered injuries or it happened suddenly. In addition to physical harm, car accidents can also cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental disorder frequently occurs in car accident victims and is accompanied by symptoms like anxiety, fear, and nightmares. If you think you may have PTSD from a car accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses.
At Mott & Moffett, we understand the mental toll a car accident can have on victims. Our compassionate team may be able to listen to your story and gather evidence to prove the car accident caused your PTSD, which resulted in your pain and suffering. With our years of experience serving Texas victims and our effective legal strategies, we may increase your chances of achieving the compensation you deserve while you focus on your mental health.
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is a mental disorder that occurs in those who have experienced traumatic events. War and military veterans often come to mind when thinking about PTSD, but those who have not been in combat can also experience this disorder.
A National Center for Biotechnology Information study shows that around 30% of motor vehicle accident victims show PTSD symptoms at least 30 days after the accident. Because car accidents are loud and often result in injuries and other devastation, those involved can have symptoms of PTSD for weeks or months following the incident. Some have symptoms of PTSD for years and find themselves struggling to perform basic tasks. This can be exhausting and cause expensive damages like therapy and other lifestyle accommodations.
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may wonder if you have PTSD, depending on your symptoms and mental health after the crash. PTSD symptoms are divided into four categories: avoidance, intrusive thoughts, cognitive changes, and mood. Unlike a physical injury, PTSD manifests itself with non-visible signs, which include the following:
- Anxiety, fear, or worry
- Fear of driving
- Flashbacks to the accident
- Irritability, anger, and frustration
- Depression or deep sadness
- Strong reactions to loud noises
- Problems concentrating
PTSD can cause you to isolate yourself and lose interest in activities that excited you before the car accident. Every case of PTSD is different, so even if you only experience one or a small amount of these symptoms, you may want to see a professional and contact a Texas car accident lawyer about recovering compensation for your losses.
What Damages Can You Recover for PTSD in Texas?
While it is quite common for car accident victims to feel anxious or fearful after a car accident, if you have these feelings for several days or find these feelings prevent you from enjoying life, you may have PTSD. If you can provide proof your car accident caused your PTSD, you may recover the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Prescribe medications
- Therapy costs
- Psychiatric care costs
We may be able to help you gather evidence and utilize resources that could better your chances of achieving a successful outcome. This includes witness testimony and the opinions of a psychiatric expert who can explain your condition, the cause, and how it impacts your life. We understand the stress that PTSD causes, so we strive to make the legal process as smooth as possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Trustworthy Texas Car Accident Lawyer at Mott & Moffett
Overcoming a car accident’s physical and mental impact can be incredibly difficult, especially if you feel more anxious and fearful. Sometimes, the mental effects can be just as severe as the physical ones, and you may have PTSD after the accident. If this is the case for you, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses in Texas. While this can sound overwhelming, you do have to do it alone.
Our understanding and kind lawyers at Mott & Moffett are here to listen to you and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf while you focus on recovery. With our experience, skills, and top-notch legal solutions, we may be able to support you every step of the way and advocate for a fair settlement. To schedule a complimentary consultation, fill out our contact form or call us at 888-596-6582.