Physical damages and injuries can be very difficult to move past. Sometimes, the real mark of how harrowing a car accident was is the emotional trauma that it leaves behind in its survivors. Post-traumatic stress disorder, in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, can affect those who experienced even mild car accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact the attorneys at the Nye Law Group as soon as possible.
What Causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
For decades, post-traumatic stress disorder has been associated with soldiers returning home from war. However, these “terrifying events” that cause this particular type of mental distress can originate from just about anything. Surviving a natural disaster, being raped, or witnessing a brutal crime are among some of the more heinous acts that have been documented as a cause of PTSD.
Determining if an event will cause PTSD is highly subjective and dependent on the individual’s own experience.
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder manifests itself through intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings that are closely related to the traumatic experience. For example, a soldier who has seen combat but is now safely back home may feel the same intense feelings of fear and panic that he felt on the battlefield when he hears a car backfire. The traumatic event is also often relieved through nightmares or flashbacks.
No matter the situation, a traumatic event can occur anyone and affects those involved in different ways. If you have been involved in a car accident on a Georgia road and are now suffering from PTSD as a result of the crash, you deserve help. A Georgia car accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Modern researchers don’t know why some people develop PTSD after comparatively minor events while others see the worst that the world has to offer and seem completely untouched by the exposure. Ongoing research suggests that those who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorders in the past tend to be more susceptible to PTSD and other shock and stress disorders. Other theories suggest that PTSD is a survival mechanism, the result of overly high levels of adrenaline, and as a result of chemical changes in the brain that occurred very shortly after the traumatic event.
Even though we don’t know everything about this mental health condition, it still affects more than 13 million people today. If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault and were subsequently been diagnosed with any degree of PTSD, you may be entitled to compensation.