Know the Potential Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After a Car Accident in California

Anyone who is injured in a car accident wants to heal from their physical wounds and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, it is not always that easy. It is not at all uncommon for a person to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder after suffering a serious injury in a car accident. Continue reading to learn about the symptoms of this and then contact an attorney who can help by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.

Car Accidents Are Much More Dangerous Than They Should Be

The sad truth is that there are more than six million car accidents every year. There is no wonder that many people feel nervous about riding in or driving vehicles. Some who are involved in accidents suffer long-term mental health issues related to said accident, including PTSD. According to studies, somewhere between 10% and 45% of people injured in car accidents will suffer from some level of PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Often Affects Victims That Do Not Know They Are Experiencing It

If nearly half of people injured in a car accident are at risk for PTSD, you may wonder why there aren’t more people with PTSD. The answer is that there are often non-symptomatic signs that can affect a person suffering from this disorder and they would not even know. For example, if they are suddenly having issues with their job or school, if they are having difficulty maintaining their relationships, or if they cannot enjoy the things they used to, these could be underlying signs of PTSD.

Common Symptoms of Car Accident Related PTSD

There can be a long list of symptoms for PTSD. Some of the most common are nightmares, a general feeling of uneasiness that will not go away, being irritable, difficulty being in a vehicle whether driving or as a passenger, anxiety, the avoidance of medical tests and doctors visits, sleep issues, feeling totally disconnected socially, and uncontrollable memories and/or flashbacks of the accident.

What to Do if You Suffer Any of These Symptoms

If you experience any of the above-described symptoms after an accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Depending on the situation this could be a therapist, medical doctor, or another medical professional. They can provide assistance on how you can move through this experience. They may recommend medication, counseling, staying active, and creating a daily routine that you stick with. They will create a treatment plan specifically for you.

If you know you need help but you think that you cannot afford it, we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. If someone else was at fault for your accident, we might be able to help you secure compensation for your damages. Call us now and we will begin with a free legal consultation.