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Post-traumatic stress disorder might occur after a bad car crash

You might associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with military service during a time of war or similar events. Did you know that PTSD can also occur after a car crash? If you've never considered that possibility, you should understand that this is a very big concern for some victims.

Several points impact the likelihood that someone will suffer from PTSD after a car crash. The severity of the crash, the type of injuries and the time it takes the person to heal after the crash are all on the list. A serious crash or one that involved a fatality is more likely to lead to PTSD than a crash that resulted in only property damage.

The impacts of PTSD are varied. In severe cases, this behavioral health condition might make it impossible for the victim to live life normally. The person might not be able to ride in a vehicle or drive. It can also change a person's sleep and eating habits and his or her ability to do his or her job.

A person with PTSD is likely going to need mental health counseling. A firm diagnosis of the condition needs to be made so that a treatment plan can commence. This can also help if the victim decides to seek compensation for the crash.

If you do suffer from PTSD, you need to keep an account of how it is affecting your life. This can have a direct impact on your claim for compensation, so make sure that you are keeping your records as detailed as possible. Include things you once did that you can't do due to the PTSD, the type of treatments you are going through and similar points.

Source: FindLaw, "PTSD Car Accident Compensation Claims," accessed Nov. 10, 2017

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