Hundreds of thousands of car accidents occur every day, ranging from minor fender benders to fatal collisions. While the majority of accidents are on the less traumatic side of the spectrum, many people suffer severe psychological issues after car accidents.
Despite what you may think, any car accident can cause psychological trauma. Many people are embarrassed to tell their doctor about their symptoms, assuming that they can just “get over it.” Unfortunately, some symptoms can persist for months, years and even lifetimes.
If you’ve experienced psychological effects after a car accident, let the Law Offices of Tim Misny help. Our attorneys can help you recover compensation for your injuries, including any psychological treatments you need. Don’t suffer needlessly—read on to learn about common after effects.
Common car accident psychological issues
According to WebMD, “at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident.” Even minor accidents can cause long-lasting problems. Passengers are more likely to develop anxiety and other mental health issues after an accident.
Anxiety is the most common post-accident side effect. Drivers and passengers alike may suddenly develop a fear of driving or an aversion to where the accident happened. They may be plagued by persistent, invasive memories of the accident, or obsessive rumination about what could have been done differently.
Some people have vivid nightmares after traumatic events. Others may experience actual flashbacks. If these symptoms persist more than a few weeks after the accident, be sure to visit a medical doctor and/or therapist. Recognizing the problem is the first step in solving it—not to mention preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In extreme cases, patients may develop PTSD, regardless of accident severity. PTSD is characterized by severe anxiety, flashbacks, obsessive thoughts, nightmares and other intrusive experiences. These symptoms persist for months and even years, when left untreated.
What to do when you experience post-accident psychological trauma
After your accident, seek medical attention right away. Once you’re stable, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny for legal assistance. During the process, if you experience persistent psychological trauma, alert your lawyer and your doctor. We’ll fight to ensure that your mental health expenses are covered along with medical bills, property damage and more.
There’s no shame in getting help for your post-accident trauma—reach out to your doctor or therapist today.
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