Many physical injuries will heal after a car accident, given enough time. But do not assume that the only issues you’ll have after the wreck will be physical. What if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the crash?
What does that mean for your future? Is your condition going to heal or not?
PTSD is different for everyone
It’s important to note that different people have different PTSD symptoms. It’s not always the same for everyone. Some may have nightmares that make it hard to sleep, for instance, but not actually have many symptoms during the day. Others may feel fine when they’re not in a car, but they’ll be afraid for their lives even sitting behind the wheel — meaning they can no longer drive.
Remember that PTSD is more than just feeling nervous or cautious. It’s more like a disability. It can be overwhelming. You may know, intellectually, that you are safe in the car, but you’ll still feel overwhelmed with fear. You could have a panic attack, where you can’t breathe or even speak properly. Again, it’s different for everyone, but it’s never something you should take lightly.
Can you seek compensation for mental distress after a wreck?
If you do have PTSD, the costs can be dramatic. Not only do you need medical treatment, but you may need rehab or psychological treatment for months or years afterward. If your PTSD is so bad that you can no longer drive, is that going to cost you your job? Will you see a decline in your enjoyment of life?
You need to consider all of this when determining your options to seek financial compensation. Working with an experienced advocate can help you get what you deserve after a wreck.