Unfortunately, severe accidents can cause more than serious physical injuries; they can also lead to several psychiatric complications such as PTSD and other anxiety disorders. The severity of PTSD and the long-lasting effect it has on a person’s wellbeing requires a medical diagnosis and a combination of therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, support groups, and medications.
Can you sue for PTSD?
Yes, after you are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused you to develop the disorder. Typically, the demands sent out to insurance companies for compensation include an extra amount for additional pain and suffering after the medical bills are covered. If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, not only can you get reimbursed for the therapy visits and medications, but you’ll also be eligible to receive extra compensation for the added stress and difficulty that a psychiatric disorder causes.
If you have not experienced any physical injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence but someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence was the cause of your mental disorder, you are still able to form a case around it. An experienced personal injury attorney will determine if you have a proper case and will consult with you about your options.
Generally, the insurance companies demand proof that the accident at hand is the direct cause of the PTSD or anxiety disorder you are experiencing, which is why it’s important to be properly diagnosed by a mental health specialist and follow your treatment plan. It gives your attorney adequate evidence and a record of your illness to send to the insurance company.
Ways to cope with your PTSD
Your number one priority should be getting better, mentally and physically. In addition to making sure you attend therapy and treatment sessions, you can also take these actions as you continue with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder:
- Learn about PTSD, further knowledge about what you’re feeling can help you develop your own coping mechanisms that can work for you.
- Get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, exercise and take time to relax. You’d be surprised how that can help reduce anxiety.
- Don’t self-medicate. Even though it may be tempting, turning to alcohol and drugs to numb your feelings will lead to more problems and prevent real healing.
- Stay connected. Spend time with family, friends, or others that are trustworthy and supportive.
- You can continue with therapy sessions once your current treatment plan is complete. Therapy is helpful for way more than just PTSD.
If you or someone you know is going through this type of situation from a car accident, please contact our office at (954) 755-7803 or contact us at this link.