Claiming for PTSD Following a Personal Injury Accident
Your personal injury award can include compensation for your psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD following an accident
PTSD is a psychological injury that can occur after a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or a dog bite. It is typically characterised by symptoms such as flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts, anxiety and nightmares.
Sadly, PTSD is something that many of our clients suffer from. A car accident, for example, is a terrifying ordeal. People often re-live the moment over and over again. They become afraid to drive or travel in a vehicle, and certain triggers will cause flashbacks or panic attacks.
Unsurprisingly, this can drastically interfere with a person’s ability to live a full and normal life. PTSD can impact relationships, career ambitions and education. It can lead to financial difficulties and further issues, such as depression and eating disorders.
Compensation for your PTSD
The law recognises that not all injuries are physical. If you have survived an accident or other traumatic incident, then you may have developed psychological injuries too. These can be just as damaging. That is why when you make a personal injury claim, you are entitled to compensation for both your physical injuries and your psychological injuries.
If PTSD is a factor in your case, then we will ensure that this is reflected in your compensation settlement. We will prove to the court that the accident or incident caused you to develop PTSD, and that this is having an adverse effect on your life. We will prove this with a medical expert report that confirms a diagnosis. We can also help you write a witness statement that outlines the impact PTSD has had (and perhaps continues to have) on your life.
Although personal injury compensation cannot turn back the clock, it can help you access treatment for your injuries – including your PTSD. Treatments such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy can be very effective and may help you manage the trauma you are experiencing.
Vancouver personal injury lawyers
At John Mickelson Law Corporation, we understand that the consequences of an accident can be far-reaching. If you have suffered through no fault of your own – whether in a car accident, a dog attack or something else – we are here to help you. Our aim is to get you compensation for your damages, including both your physical and your psychological injuries.
Either fill in the free online enquiry form or call us on 604 684 0040.