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Wisconsin PTSD attorneysWhen you or someone you love suffers physical stress or emotional trauma (posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD), those injuries can affect more than the financial well-being of you or your loved one. Physical stress or emotional trauma can be surface after observing a horrible event take place that fatally wounds or kills a loved one, or being directly involved in a traumatic event due to someone else’s bad actions or negligence. 

PTSD After an Auto Accident 

Witnessing or being in the midst of such extraordinary circumstances can result in long term physical stress or emotional trauma, PTSD. Payment of related medical or ongoing psychological care expenses is rarely enough to compensate for the damages you or your loved one may suffer - especially when those damages could last a lifetime. While only a qualified health professional can diagnose PTSD, there are some overarching symptoms:

  • Victims might relive the traumatic event in their head through flashbacks, dreams, or reaction to a place or an object;
  • Victims could avoid places that remind them of the traumatic event;
  • Victims may have negative thoughts, feel hopeless, or withdraw from friends and family; and
  • Victims could be jumpy, irritable, easy to upset or scare, or always on edge. 

Wisconsin has no set formula to calculate damages for physical stress and emotional trauma, PTSD. However, there are a number of factors taken into consideration by the courts to help as a guide in determining a damage award. Some of these factors include:

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Appleton car accident lawyersWhen in an auto accident, the damage can be extensive — and we are not just talking about the damage to your car. In fact, the damage to your car often pales in comparison to what you suffer physically and emotionally following your accident. Vehicles also tend to be a simpler fix than people; there may be treatments or ailments that you will have to endure for years to come.

This is why it is so important that you choose not just a good attorney, but the right attorney who will fight for you to get the help you need to heal from your injuries. Here are some things to look for when choosing the right attorney for your auto accident case.

Choose Someone Who Specializes in Personal Injury Law

Many attorneys claim to be a jack of all trades, but this just means that he or she is a master of none. Due to the all of the intrinsic challenges that go with dealing with insurance companies (that know the system quite well, mind you), you need to have an attorney who not only understands personal injury law but someone who studies it, day in and day out.

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Green Bay soft tissue injury lawyersIf you were recently injured in a car accident, your injuries might not always be severe.  However, even low-impact accidents can cause debilitating and potentially long-term effects on your health. One such injury is a soft tissue injury. Some symptoms of soft tissue injury include blurry vision, stiffness in neck, jaw pain and vertigo.  The effects of soft tissue injury can last long after the accident occurs. The victim might suffer from muscle spasms or curvature of the spine.

How You Can Prove Soft Tissue Injury

In personal injury cases, it can be hard to prove that a soft tissue injury occurred.  This is because these injuries are not the most visible. In addition, the other driver’s insurer might look for loopholes so they can deny your claim.  They might claim that you’re exaggerating the effects of the accident on your health. One thing you should do is keep a detailed journal of the pain you’re in as well, as other symptoms in a journal. Another thing you should do is go to your doctor’s appointments and keep good medical records.  

Compensation You Can Receive for Your Injuries

You can be compensated for your injuries in several ways. The compensation will be for your medical bills, continuing treatment for the condition, loss of income due to the injuries, costs of car repairs, and emotional pain and suffering. Talk to your lawyer about this during your initial consultation.

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Wisconsin child injury attorneysRear-facing child safety seats have long been recommended for children up until the age of two, or until they reach the height and weight requirement. This is due to crash test studies, as well as data collected from actual car crashes. Recent American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines has revised the recommendation of 2 years old, telling parents that if they are able (due to the weight of the child and limits of the car seat) keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.

Is Rear-Facing Really Safer?

Even with the recommendations, many have wondered if rear-facing car seats would still hold up and keep their children safe in a rear-impact crash. Up until recently, crash test studies involving rear-facing car seats have been done mostly on front and side-impact crashes, with little if any data on how seats situated like this would fair in a rear-impact crash.

Many speculated that, because front-impact crashes send the vehicle inhabitants forward (toward the front of the vehicle), that a rear-impact crash would send them backward (toward the back of the vehicle). This brought up concerns of children facing backward, possibly not being as protected in rear-impact crashes, as their bodies would be thrown in a forward position toward the back of the car.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Green-Bay-auto-accident-lawyers_20190201-055850_1.jpgWhile some injuries may be immediately apparent after an auto accident (i.e. skin scrapes, gashes, pulled muscles, broken bones, and bruises), adrenaline can mask more severe symptoms. For example, an accident victim with internal bleeding may not notice stomach pains or distention, or they may attribute dizziness or disorientation - symptoms that may arise with head trauma - to stress because of the accident. Due to the risk of these delayed symptoms, and because some injuries can be life-threatening, accident victims are encouraged to seek medical treatment after a crash to check for any serious injuries. 

Not all delayed symptoms are related to physical injuries, however. Symptoms of mental distress (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.) and chronic pain may not surface until weeks or even months after the crash.

In fact, research from the University of Buffalo found that many individuals involved in auto accidents experienced symptoms associated with PTSD and mood disorders, and of those, 69 percent of individuals reported chronic pain that could be attributed to their auto accident. Another study found it common for persons in an auto accident to experience post-traumatic headaches, with most of the victims attributing the headaches to whiplash.

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