No matter what the circumstances of a truck accident, it is a terrifying event. While people may recover from the physical injuries they are left with, they often experience psychological effects that don’t go away. One devastating psychological condition victims can suffer after a truck wreck is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What Is PTSD?
PTSD is a psychological disorder that people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic, stressful, or other fear-inducing event may develop. It can make it impossible for the brain to turn off the flight-or-fright reactions a person experiences during the traumatic event. Many victims of PTSD are individuals in the military who have experienced war. However a person who experienced or witnessed a terrifying truck wreck—especially if it caused catastrophic injuries or wrongful death—can experience symptoms of PTSD. This disorder can have wide-ranging effects on a truck accident victim’s
- Personal life. A person with PTSD can experience flashbacks, anxiety, and other symptoms that lead him to isolate himself from family and friends and result in dramatic changes in personality. This can put a strain on relationships and may even lead to a divorce or estrangement from family or friends.
- Work life. PTSD can result in a victim no longer able to perform his job duties—or work at another job—due to anxiety, fear, inability to concentrate, and more.
- Day-to-day activities. Most PTSD sufferers find that this disorder disrupts their daily life. They could have problems with insomnia, difficulty driving due to fear, and inability to perform day-to-day tasks due to concentration and memory problems.
What Are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Caused by a Truck Accident?
The symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating and long-term. Some people never recover from this condition. Common symptoms associated with PTSD include:
- Having violent nightmares and insomnia
- Experiencing traumatic flashbacks to the truck wreck that may result in blackouts in the person’s consciousness
- Experienced debilitating anxiety
- Feeling frightened or terrified for no reason
- Having recurring, vivid memories of the truck crash
- Engaging in avoidance behaviors, such as being unable to get in a car
- Becoming alienated
- Being uninterested in day-to-day activities, work responsibilities, or interests the person once had
- Engaging in self-blame or self-harm
Your Right to Compensation for PTSD Caused by a Negligent Trucker
Have you or a family member experienced the symptoms of PTSD due to a truck accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Our experienced truck wreck attorneys are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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