Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A major accident can cause more than just physical injuries. Many survivors of near-death incidents suffer from psychological trauma as well, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Although the symptoms of emotional disorders are often less obvious than a physical injury, they can be just as painful – and just as debilitating. The extreme form of emotional trauma after an accident or attack is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
If you have been harmed by another person or entity’s reckless behavior, it is not fair for you to live with additional burdens such as medical expenses or lost income. The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will pursue fair compensation for you as aggressively as necessary. Call our offices today at 877-327-2600.
Symptoms of PTSD
Researchers do not know why some accident survivors develop PTSD while others do not. It appears to be closely linked to many other factors, including the presence or absence of a reliable support network and the victim’s overall mental health. The symptoms of PTSD may become apparent soon after a trauma, or may not develop for several weeks or months.
The most common symptoms of this harmful disorder include:
- Strict avoidance of any things or places that remind the person of the trauma
- Flashbacks (reliving the memory and emotions of the trauma)
- Disassociation (emotional numbness in response to stress)
- Hyperarousal (feeling constantly tense, afraid, or angry)
- Depression (persistent feelings of guilt or hopelessness, loss of interest in activities, etc)
Help is available for people struggling with PTSD. The National Institute of Mental Health is an excellent source of advice, information, and referrals. If you are interested in pursuing justice against the party responsible for your injuries, our Iowa personal injury attorneys can help.
The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are dedicated to justice for victims of negligent or malicious acts. To learn about how we can help you, contact us at 877-327-2600.