While the focus of most D.C. car accident injury lawyers will focus on physical injuries and property damage, emotional damage following a very serious accident can affect victims for years.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is typically associated with those who have served in the military and experienced combat situations. PTSD, however, is simply an anxiety disorder stemming from any traumatic event—including a car accident.
An accident spikes adrenaline levels and requires us to rely on our internal fight-or-flight mechanisms that have kept our species alive and thriving for thousands of years. In someone who is suffering from PTSD, they are unable to turn down those increased adrenaline levels and instead turn to avoidance of any situation that may cause those levels to spike again.
For those who have been involved in a car accident, especially a serious one, getting back behind the wheel can be a very trying experience. Sudden recollections of the incident or a constant, increased alertness can make day-to-day life very difficult for those who have survived a crash.
Though PTSD is not a tangible injury, it does not mean that you are on your own if you suffer from it following a serious accident. A skilled attorney should be able to ensure that your mental health is attended to as well by seeking compensation for your mental anguish and the treatment required to help you cope with the effects of the accident.
The Bethesda auto accident lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins know how difficult it can be to move on from a serious accident, but when you are forced to deal with PTSD on top of your own physical injuries, the process can be even more daunting. Do not fight the insurance companies alone—if you are suffering, call the attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins at 202.296.0666 to learn how they can help.