You hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that military service members experience from active duty. However, studies now show that many motor vehicle accident victims also suffer from PTSD.
According to the National Center for PTSD, research shows motor vehicle accidents are a common cause for traumatic stress, including:
While many people experience PTSD symptoms right after the traumatic incident, others may not experience them until months or even years later. Symptoms often include:
In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents — more than 3 million injuries annually.
Here are some facts taken from motor vehicle accident (MVA) studies regarding PTSD:
Researchers also found that the greater the physical injury and fear of dying (due to potential life-threat), the greater the chances of developing PTSD. Loss of significant others through motor vehicle accidents also makes people more prone to PTSD.
Treatments for PTSD include behavior therapy, cognitive therapy and medications. Working with a chronic pain specialist can be done together with mental health treatment.
Unfortunately, many people continue to experience symptoms for more than six months or a year before seeking mental treatment. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages to cover PTSD treatment as part of an accident settlement.