MINNEAPOLIS MN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER-POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) LAWYER-CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that commonly occurs after a person has been exposed to a traumatic event such as a car accident. It can be a serious problem causing major long term and chronic disability.
Post traumatic stress disorder is a well recognized psychological problem that can be seriously debilitating. It is well recognized by such authorities as Mayo Clinic, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Family Practice. It is recognized that 20% of women who are exposed to a traumatic event will develop PTSD. It has been estimated in the medical literature that one-third of the persons with PTSD will experience long-term, chronic symptoms.
Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event-either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”
PTSD may start immediately after the exposure to the traumatic event-or after a delay of as much as a month. It is not usual for a person who has been a bad car accident to a B “shook up” for several days after the accident. When the symptoms worsen and continue to interfere with day-to-day functioning, a diagnosis of PTSD is appropriate.
PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.
PTSD symptoms are sometimes overlooked by the medical community. They are also sometimes overlooked by lawyers handling personal injury claims. For that reason it is very important that any victim of personal injury from a car accident. She seek representation from a lawyer experienced and knowledgeable in handling PTSD claims and effectively presenting evidence of PTSD as a part of the claim