Following a car crash in which one was injured, physical limitations are a constant and often visual reminder of the event and how it affected one's life. What many people do not talk about are the emotional scars that motor vehicle accidents can have on their victims. These are often not seen by others, though their effects on victims can be significant and cause them notable losses. Thankfully, according to the laws of Louisiana, emotional damages may be compensable through a personal injury claim.
It is believed that approximately 9% of auto accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Most people think of veterans when they think of PTSD, but one does not have to go to war to experience it. Any traumatic event can cause it. The problem comes in identifying it and treating it.
Sadly, it can take a while for doctors to diagnose PTSD. There are some common symptoms one can look out for, though, and report to medical providers, such as nightmares, depression, chronic fatigue, social withdrawal and compulsive/obsessive behavior. Certain factors increase the odds that one might experience PTSD following a car crash, namely:
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- The severity of the collision
- Lack of social support
- Death of others involved in the accident
- The severity of injuries suffered
Emotional trauma can affect the victims of motor vehicle accidents in many ways. Some will find themselves struggling with familial or other intimate relationships. Some may even see PTSD affect their abilities to thrive in the workplace. Generally, there is an overall loss of enjoyment of life. With the assistance of legal counsel, Louisiana residents or visitors to the state who have suffered injuries in auto collisions may seek relief for both physical and emotional afflictions which, if achieved, can allow victims to receive the full range care they need as they recover.