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Can a car accident lead to post-traumatic stress disorder?

Getting into a car accident can lead to a variety of injuries, but not all those injuries are visible to the eye. A person who is involved in one of the more than 6 million motor vehicle accidents that occur each year in this country might also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Our Florida readers might be interested in learning more about PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD occurs when someone feels guilt, shock, anger, worry, nightmares or fear because of the accident. These feelings are magnified from the normal emotional and mental reactions that can occur after the accident. When these feelings begin to affect every aspect of your life, you might have PTSD. An example of PTSD is if a fear of having an accident prevents you from driving or riding in a car. PTSD often gets worse as time goes on.

What can I do about PTSD?

In some cases, PTSD might require professional treatment. These treatments might help you to work through your feelings, but they aren't usually budget friendly. Your family doctor might also be able to help you with PTSD. Regardless of the cost of treatment, it is vital for you to get the help you need so you can get back to enjoying your life.

Seeking compensation for your injuries, including PTSD, might help you to get the treatments you need. In Florida, you can seek compensation for damages by filing a complaint in the civil court system against the person or parties responsible for the accident that has caused you to alter the way you live your life.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder" accessed Jan. 15, 2015

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