Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome After a Car Accident
Attorneys Serving McHenry County & the Surrounding Areas
When we think about the injuries resulting from a car accident, we tend to picture bodily injury. Broken bones, lesions, and even catastrophic injuries all come to mind as common issues. Somewhat less common to think about is the chance of serious mental health issues after a car accident. According to recent research, car accidents cause traumatic stress in victims that can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after the fact. Additionally, survivors of these kinds of accidents might experience depression and anxiety as well, leaving them with a significantly poorer quality of life post-accident.
Is PTSD common in car accident victims?
In the majority of motor vehicle accidents, survivors do not tend to experience mental health issues requiring psychiatric help after the accident. With that said, it is by no means “rare” for these issues to arise – and if they do, the resulting disorders are almost always fairly significant in nature, including:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Major Depression
The aforementioned mental health issues that lead to psychiatric treatment develop in around 9 to 10% of car accident victims. Of those cases, an average of 60% of the individuals seeking treatment were found to have PTSD. It is also not uncommon for PTSD to be accompanied by a mood disorder such as anxiety disorders or major depression as well as a fear of driving again.
Who is most likely to suffer from PTSD after a car accident?
Because not everyone develops PTSD after a car accident, you might be wondering if there are any factors that increase your chances of experiencing this complication. There are a few different predictive factors to keep in mind. Individuals who have suffered prior traumatic events, who already struggled with mental health issues before the accident, and with a poor support system are more likely to develop PTSD. Another factor is the severity of injuries. Someone with catastrophic injuries as well as those who lost significant others, for example, are also more likely to develop PTSD.
Is there treatment for post-accident PTSD?
There is treatment for post-accident PTSD victims, however it is only effective if the treatment is actually sought. Given that many individuals are more likely to visit their general practitioner after an accident than a psychiatrist, it is unfortunately likely that many people suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues induced by a car accident remain untreated. It is important to keep careful track of your mental health and to seek treatment if you suspect you might be suffering from some kind of issue after you have been in a car accident.
What does this mean for me?
If you have been in a serious car accident and have developed PTSD as a result, it is vital that you reach out to an experienced car accident attorney as quickly as possible. They can help you sort through your experiences and determine what impact this might have upon your potential compensation from the other driver.
Have you been injured in a serious car accident? If so, reach out to the attorneys at The Baudin Law Group today at 815.526.3202 today for more information!