Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the emotional side effects that can occur after you’re involved in an accident in Georgia. PTSD can trigger intrusive memories that haunt you and make it difficult to sleep or feel relaxed. There may also be changes in emotional reactions. Some people become more negative or have a change in their mood. Other people have a fear of participating in the same activity they were performing when the accident occurred, such as driving or playing a sport.
What symptoms does PTSD trigger after an accident occurs?
Symptoms of PTSD can last up to six months after an accident occurs and include nightmares, which can cause the individual to develop a fear of falling asleep. You may wake up yelling or crying due to bad dreams. Some people experience flashbacks of the accident and relive it, especially if they revisit the same area where the accident occurred. Other people may do everything possible to avoid reminders of the event.
It’s also common to have increased anxiety, agitation and depression. Misplaced guilt often occurs if someone else was injured in the accident. Emotional effects are also considered to be a personal injury and may require compensation from the party that caused the accident.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you want to obtain compensation for the emotional distress and PTSD you’re experiencing after an accident, reach out to a personal injury lawyer. The attorney may evaluate the details of the case and collect evidence that increases the chances of obtaining the settlement you deserve.
A legal professional may also aid you in seeking compensation if you’ve suffered physical injuries due to another party’s negligence. It’s important to hold the other negligent individual responsible when you’ve suffered from lost wages and medical bills due to recovery from an accident.