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PTSD: after the Accident is Over

An accident can cause a variety of different extreme emotions. There is first shock, then disbelief, then sadness. Lingering pain can also cause despondency in victims. These emotions may also be compounded by the stress of dealing with an accident on a legal or monetary level.

But while an array of emotions is typical and completely normal immediately after an accident, when certain behaviors and intense feelings develop some time after the accident, the victim may be suffering from a disorder known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

The Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder that occurs in individuals that have witnessed or experienced a very traumatic event or accident which involved the threat of injury or death. A person may be suffering from PTSD if he or she survived a traumatic event and is experiencing some of the following symptoms. These symptoms must be severe enough to disrupt day-to-day activity:

  • Flashbacks to the time of the event
  • Recurrent, upsetting memories of the event
  • Amnesia related to the traumatic event
  • Upsetting dreams and nightmares
  • Agoraphobia
  • Hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or anger outbursts that cannot be controlled
  • Difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep

Contact Us

PTSD is a medical disorder that should not be ignored. Seek treatment from a medical professional immediately following the onset of symptoms. If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD due to the traumatizing effects of an accident, contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.