DRIVING PHOBIA PTSD CAN BE GROUNDS FOR A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT
Not only can a car accident result in terrible physical injuries, but you could also be scarred emotionally, as one Savannah, Georgia lawyer points out. Sleeplessness, depression, along feelings of anguish and anxiety often show up in victims of a serious crash; obviously, fear of getting behind the wheel can have devastating results on one’s job performance. WebMD reports on a study done by British researchers (appearing in the August 2018 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry) showing that at least a third of all victims of nonfatal vehicle accidents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder for at least one year after the event.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident and are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana, what you need to consider are what your injuries might have cost you:
- monetarily (medical expenses, lost wages, and property losses)
- physically (changes to your way of life caused by damages to your health)
- mentally (emotional and mental damages and the cost of treating those – “pain and suffering”, loss of enjoyment, “loss of consortium” – loss of your ability to maintain a sexual relationship)
Compensation paid to you for these damages would come from the person or company found to be responsible for the accident (and/or their insurance company).
“Studies have revealed that PTSD is one of the most prevalent categories of mental illness, with road traffic accident emerging as the single leading civilian cause of PTSD, a university study published in safetycube.com shows. Many laws exist to specifically protect victims of motor vehicle collisions, and at Ramey & Hailey, our goal is to help victims recover from those losses. Our caution to readers is this: If you are in an accident, get yourself to a doctor as soon as possible. Even serious physical issues might not present signs for several days, and others may take even longer to show up, but still cause you to need rehabilitation and psychological care for years to come.
When you’re trying to put your life back together after a serious auto accident, it’s important to get the financial help you need. If you experience signs of “driving phobia”, that might well serve as grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.