A traumatic incident may cause severe emotional distress that devastates you long after your physical wounds are healed. You might suffer nightmares about the incident for months or even years. You might fall into a state of extreme depression if your injuries prevent you from returning to a meaningful job. You might suffer panic attacks every time you travel in a vehicle on the highway, Those types of experiences are all symptomatic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you’re experiencing life-altering emotional trauma, you should contact an Atlanta PTSD lawyer to help you recover full compensation for your injuries.
Insurance companies are notorious for offering very little money towards a victim’s emotional injuries. Part of that problem is due to the fact that many personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, GA do not know how to communicate emotional distress injuries to insurance adjusters. Attorneys that advertise on buses and billboards collect your medical bills and send out a settlement demand letter without ever evaluating your psychological injuries.
Our skilled team of PTSD injury lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC will make sure that your psychological injuries are completely evaluated by a medical professional and communicated to the insurance adjuster. To learn more, please contact our PTSD lawyers at (404) 419-6674.
What Are PTSD Symptoms?
You may have heard the term PTSD used to describe the traumatic shock combat veterans experience. In the past decade, we’ve learned that PTSD affects many civilians, as well, regardless of their age, nationality, or ethnicity. When a person experiences a catastrophic event, such as a violent attack, disaster, or a serious motor vehicle accident, they can experience a lifetime of emotional distress.
You may not experience any PTSD symptoms immediately after you’re injured. In fact, it may take weeks, months, or even years after your accident for PTSD symptoms to appear. If you are suffering the following symptoms as a result of your accident, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder:
- Flashbacks where you re-live the incident that injured you
- Severe depression
- Isolating yourself from your friends and family members
- Difficulty concentrating, sleeping, or relaxing
- Confining yourself to your home
Those are just a few examples of the psychological effects that you might experience as a result of the trauma from your accident. If you are unsure whether you are experiencing PTSD symptoms, you should seek a medical diagnosis from a qualified physician so that they can neuropsychologically evaluate you. Once you are diagnosed with PTSD, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the party that caused your traumatic accident.
PTSD After Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite the improved safety features of this generation’s motor vehicles, there are millions of accidents per year on our roadways that are caused by distracted or careless drivers. You might suffer PTSD regardless of whether you were injured in a minor fender bender accident or a total loss accident.
Victims diagnosed with PTSD after car accidents should seek psychological therapy to improve their chances of a full recovery. Treatment for PTSD includes medication and talk therapy. The goal of therapy is to eliminate your depression and anxiety and improve your self-esteem.
PTSD therapy can be expensive. It might not be covered by your health insurance plan. If it isn’t covered by your health insurance plan, you will usually have to pay out of pocket for your treatment. If that is too much of a financial burden for you, we can help you find a therapist that will treat you on a lien basis, meaning that the therapist would be paid at the end of your case from a portion of your settlement funds.
How to File a PTSD Claim
You might be unsure if you should work with a PTSD lawyer. Perhaps, you think that your PTSD symptoms are only temporary. Or, maybe you are embarrassed to admit that you are suffering from PTSD because you view emotional distress as a sign of weakness. Those reactions are completely understandable. However, you are doing yourself and your family a great disservice if you don’t seek professional treatment. At a minimum, professional therapy will help ensure that you are fully compensated for your emotional distress. In the absence of professional therapy, the insurance carrier will argue that your emotional distress is minimal.
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC we have a veteran team of PTSD lawyers. When we accept a personal injury case, we evaluate every aspect of your damages. We know from experience that juries expect a victim to have undergone professional counseling if the victim claims severe emotional distress. In the absence of therapy, jurors will assume that you are exaggerating your claims. That’s the last thing you want them to think when you’ve been seriously injured.
Call a PTSD Lawyer for Help with a Claim
If you or a family member are suffering from PTSD caused by a traumatic accident, you need to consult an attorney that understands how to get you the proper treatment for your distress. If you broke a bone in your leg or suffered a traumatic brain injury, you wouldn’t sit on your couch and assume that it will heal on its own. The same is true with a PTSD injury. Your brain chemistry was disrupted by the shock of the incident. Your brain won’t heal on its own without proper medical treatment.
When you contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, everything that you discuss with us is kept confidential, even if you decide not to hire our firm to represent you. We aren’t medical professionals, but we understand how devastating PTSD is and we know how to connect you with the medical professionals that can heal you. In addition to discussing your PTSD symptoms, we will also thoroughly evaluate your case so that we can help you prove your injury claims.
PTSD is a dangerous affliction that you shouldn’t have to bear on your own. The Atlanta PTSD lawyers of Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC are on your side. We will do everything possible to help you fully recover from your injuries and obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact our attorneys today at (404) 419-6674.