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What Are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a Crash?

By Luke Dow on September 13, 2016

It is usually easy to notice the signs of a physical wound after a car accident. However, the symptoms of PTSD are more subtle and difficult to identify.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects nearly 9 percent of all crash victims, according to the National Center for PTSD. That may sound low – but it adds up to 270,000 new PTSD cases each year.

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If you were injured in a wreck with a negligent driver in Texas, then you may be entitled to compensation for economic damages such as medical bills and lost income, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. If you suffered PTSD as a result of the collision, then you may be entitled to compensation to pay for the treatment cost.

Luke Dow is an accident lawyer in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal-injury claim. Mr. Dow will fight for the maximum settlement on your behalf, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation with the the Luke Dow Law Firm.

What Are Common Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The symptoms of PTSD are not the same for every accident victim. You should consider treatment if you notice:

  • Persistent nightmares about the incident;
  • Trouble focusing or sleeping;
  • Persistent depression or negativity;
  • Impulsive behaviors;
  • Blaming yourself or another person for the incident;
  • Not remembering details about the wreck;
  • Irritability or abnormal mood swings; or
  • Avoiding situations and people that remind you of the accident.
The National Institute of Mental Health recommends that you seek treatment if these symptoms last longer than a few days.

Treatments for PTSD

PTSD treatments can reduce the severity of symptoms and help victims learn more positive and logical thought patterns. Your doctor may recommend psychotherapy, medications or both.

There are two common psychotherapy treatments for PTSD: cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. CBT will help you learn positive thought patterns, and exposure therapy will help you overcome irrational fears by letting you confront the cause of your PTSD in a safe setting.

If you feel severely depressed or anxious after a car accident, or if you notice problems related to concentration or sleep, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. However, due to their high potential for addiction, antidepressants are not ideal for long-term use.

If you were injured by a drunk, distracted or negligent driver in Texas, turn to the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Many crash victims trust that their insurance companies will cooperate and provide a fair payout. Don’t make that mistake. Luke Dow will fight for the highest possible settlement on your behalf and litigate your case if it goes to trial. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation with a car accident attorney in Austin.




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