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Can I Receive Compensation for PTSD Related to a Serious Injury?

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Rolling Meadows Personal Injury LawyerA personal injury can affect someone in many ways, and in addition to suffering physical harm, a person may also experience emotional trauma. These issues can linger for years after a person has fully healed from the physical effects of an injury, and they may even impact a victim for the rest of their life. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) commonly affects injury victims, and those who have suffered emotional trauma due to an injury that was caused by someone else will need to understand how they can receive financial compensation that addresses these issues.

Effects of PTSD

Anyone who experiences a traumatic event may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and this issue may occur following car accidents, assaults, sexual abuse, dog bites, or other cases where a person suffered or witnessed a serious injury. PTSD can affect a person in multiple ways, including:

  • Mood disorders - PTSD often involves depression or anxiety, especially if a person experiences disturbing memories or flashbacks. Victims will often struggle to regulate their mood, and they may experience mood swings, irritability, guilt or shame, or feelings of numbness or hopelessness. These issues may lead a person to engage in dangerous or self-destructive behavior, such as substance abuse, and a victim may have suicidal thoughts or take action to harm themselves.

  • Social withdrawal and avoidance - Victims may re-experience a traumatic event when triggered by certain people, locations, or activities. Because of this, they may seek to avoid anything that may remind them of their experience, and this may cause them to withdraw from relationships with friends or family members, or they may not engage in activities that they previously enjoyed or were used to.

  • Sleep disorders - Troubling memories and nightmares may affect a person’s ability to sleep. An inability to get enough rest may make other issues worse, and a person may also suffer from fatigue or drowsiness that affects their ability to participate in daily activities.

These issues can have a significant impact on a person’s well-being, leading to a variety of other concerns that may affect their health. Difficulties with mood regulation, panic attacks, or interacting appropriately with others may affect a person’s ability to maintain employment, making it more difficult for them to receive the treatment they need for mental health issues.

Contact Our Schaumburg Emotional Trauma Lawyers for PTSD

If you or a member of your family have experienced a traumatic event, you may be struggling to return to normalcy as you heal from your injuries and address the emotional issues you are experiencing. If these issues have occurred because someone else acted negligently or intentionally harmed you, you can take legal action to pursue compensation for all of the damages you have experienced, including the costs of medical and psychological treatment, loss of income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To get legal help in these situations, contact the Palatine PTSD injury attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP. Call 847-797-8000 to set up a free consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355967

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-are-symptoms-ptsd

https://medlineplus.gov/posttraumaticstressdisorder.html

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