How Does PTSD Affect My Car Accident Case?


If you’ve been involved in a car accident of any severity, you may understand the notion that a car accident can be a traumatic event that can leave you with emotional distress in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

The emotional toll that can accompany a car accident case varies for everyone but there are some things you should know on the path to compensation. Are mental/emotional injuries treated differently than bodily injuries? 

Read on for more insight on gaining compensation for PTSD after a car accident. 

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Most commonly associated with military personnel, PTSD can accompany any traumatic event, big or small. 

Typically, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder presents itself in a variety of ways, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, memory problems, and issues with everyday thinking. It can be difficult to notice, especially when there are a lot of things happening at once. For example, dealing with insurance companies and medical costs while trying to get your lie back to normal. 

But we want to assure you that your mental health should be taken seriously after a car accident. If you’re unsure whether you are dealing with PTSD or not, we urge you to seek medical assistance and get to the bottom of your distress.  

Read More: How Personal Injuries Can Impact Your Earning Ability Long Term

How to get compensation for PTSD

In the state of Florida, PTSD is regarded in the same way that bodily injuries are considered within a personal injury case. This means that in order to get compensation for PTSD, the same rules apply that pertain to other injuries.

  • Gather plenty of evidence
  • Witness accounts are useful
  • Obtain relevant medical records/expert accounts
  • Work with a skilled personal injury attorney

What kind of compensation is available for victims of PTSD?

After a car accident, if you have PTSD, you are likely suffering from other factors as well. From injuries to financial hardships, PTSD can negatively impact your life in many ways. Beyond impacting your body, PTSD may create more difficult circumstances to simply live your normal life. 

These kinds of damages go beyond physical damages, such as your car. When we discuss PTSD, we are concerned with the way your mental health has impacted your life. Lost wages, difficulties with employment, and incurred medical expenses are all factors to be considered on the road to compensation. We encourage you to discuss compensation for pain and suffering with your trusted attorney. 

Recovery from PTSD is very different from recovery from strictly physical injuries. PTSD may have a negative impact on the rest of your life and this should be considered as you work with your attorney to determine adequate compensation.

If you are currently experiencing PTSD as a result of a car accident, please reach out to one of our attorneys here at Pipas Law. We have the experience and expertise necessary to get you the compensation you deserve to help you get your life back on track as best that we can. 

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