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Car Accident Lawyer Chicago – PTSD After a Car Accident
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a psychiatric disorder suffered by people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a war, violent assault or, a serious car accident, among other things.
Our office has represented accident victims who were veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and suffered PTSD due to their experience in the war. However, we have also represented many car accident victims who suffered severe PTSD as a result of their accident.
You can recover for PTSD suffered as a result of a car accident in Illinois.
The Veteran’s Administration (VA) published the results of a study of PTSD called “Traumatic Stress and Motor Vehicle Accidents.” The study found that “approximately 9% of MVA (motor vehicle accident) survivors develop PTSD.”
Symptoms of PTSD
As a car accident lawyer Chicago, we have represented clients who suffered significant PTSD symptoms after a car accident. These have included:
- Severe nightmares
- Vivid flashbacks to the event
- Anxiety while driving their vehicle
- Inability to sleep
- Hesitance to speak about the accident
- Detachment from significant others
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of interest in sex
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities
If you experience any of these symptoms, or, you endure other unexplainable changes in your behavior after a car accident, contact a car accident lawyer Chicago to discuss how to proceed.
What should you do?
Do NOT delay in seeking treatment for your symptoms. The longer you delay, the larger the “gap in treatment” after the accident. This is something the auto insurance company will capitalize on to diminish the value of your claim.
If the PTSD is not “documented” by a medical professional, it will be extremely difficult to recover for it. We have represented many people who insisted that they suffered nightmares and other symptoms often associated with PTSD. However, they did not seek any medical attention for their symptoms. If the symptoms are not documented by a physician or mental health provider, they don’t exist to the insurance company.
If your case proceeds to litigation and/or trial, it is likely that your car accident lawyer Chicago will engage a medical expert to establish “causation” between the accident and your symptoms.