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Green Bay car accident attorney for PTSDMillions of Americans suffer injuries in motor vehicle collisions every year. These injuries can range from relatively minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening trauma and permanent disabilities. Regardless of the severity of an injury, it can affect a victim for months or years after an accident. In addition to physical injuries, a car accident can have a long-term psychological impact, and many victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have been injured in an auto accident, a personal injury attorney can help you understand how you can pursue compensation for the emotional trauma you have experienced. 

The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress

PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a frightening or stressful life event. According to the MAYO clinic, those who are involved in a car accident or witness a serious collision may suffer from PTSD, and they may experience symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and anxiety. PTSD can also cause emotional difficulties such as disinterest in activities, a general feeling of detachment, and prolonged efforts to avoid emotional conversations. 

If you experience PTSD symptoms following an auto accident, you may need extensive therapy to help address these issues and maintain your psychological health. Treatment may include psychotherapy and medication to address depression, anxiety, or social withdrawal, and it may take years to reach a point of stability in your personal and professional life.

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Appleton auto accident attorney for PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that affects people who either witness or experience traumatic events. While PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, it can affect anyone, including car accident victims. Car accidents can cause significant emotional stress, which may lead to PTSD. If you have experienced PTSD following an auto accident, a personal injury attorney can help you determine how to address the emotional harm you have suffered and any other injuries that have affected your life.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is a very complex disorder, and it is not always immediately apparent after an accident. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it can take up to three months for a person to start feeling the effects of PTSD. Symptoms can include:

  • Re-experiencing traumatic events, including through flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoidance symptoms in which the victim goes out of his or her way to avoid anything that reminds him or her of the accident
  • Feeling on edge or difficulty sleeping
  • Mood symptoms such as feelings of guilt or loss of interest in favorite activities

The severity of PTSD can be even worse if a loved one suffered a wrongful death due to the accident or if a victim sustained permanent or disfiguring injuries.

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Green Bay car accident attorney emotional traumaCar accidents can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of physical damage. An accident can result in serious personal injuries, leading to medical expenses and ongoing treatments. Not surprisingly, the shock and devastation caused by an accident can also lead to emotional trauma. Survivors of a wreck may experience anxiety (especially while driving), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident and are experiencing extreme emotional responses, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine your options for receiving compensation.

Identifying Symptoms of Emotional Trauma

Every accident victim experiences emotional trauma in different ways. Some victims may immediately feel shaken up, while others may develop symptoms slowly over time. In general, there are several types of emotional trauma that a person may experience. Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Recurrent nightmares
  • Inability to sleep (or sleep well)
  • Sudden outbursts of anger
  • Feeling out of place (emotional numbness)
  • Feelings of anxiety or hopelessness
  • Feeling “on edge”
  • Inability to relax
  • Flashbacks

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, PTSD is common. In fact, nearly 8 million Americans are currently diagnosed with this affliction. The good news is that there are a variety of treatment options available.

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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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