GREENVILLE, South Carolina. The silent injuries that follow a car accident are sometimes the ones with which victims struggle the most to seek treatment. While spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and internal injuries often result in highly visible damage and lifestyle changes, which often evoke the sympathies of insurance companies and personal injury juries, other injuries, like post traumatic stress disorder, are harder to treat, more difficult to identify, and sometimes come with additional stigma. Post traumatic stress disorder is often associated with veterans returning from war, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that researchers are studying the link between motor vehicle accidents and PTSD. In fact, of all the traumatic events individuals can experience in their lifetimes, motor vehicle crashes were the most frequent traumatic event experienced by males and the second most frequent traumatic event experienced by females.
Post traumatic stress disorder following a car accident can be a serious condition. Victims can experience anxiety, depression, sleep problems, mood changes, and other psychological reactions that can impact their ability to work, care for their families, and enjoy life. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 9% of motor vehicle accident survivors may go on to develop PTSD. These numbers only account for the people who seek treatment. Many others go on to suffer in silence, unaware that there are treatment options. The Hammack Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina who know how devastating post traumatic stress disorder can be on both victims and families. Our firm fights to help victims seek justice for their injuries and helps them seek a recovery so that they can pay for the medical care and rehabilitation treatment they may need.
Early psychological intervention can make a huge difference in patient outcomes. According to the New York Daily News, the U.S. Army is investing $2 million in researching an injection that could potentially help patients with PTSD. The injection blocks messages along nerve fibers in the neck that control the body’s flight or fight response. Some patients who have had the injection have experienced relief from anxiety. While the injection is not to be seen as a replacement for talk therapy and long-term care, early trials have found that the injection can result in immediate alleviation of suffering. Right now, the injection’s effectiveness is still being studied.
For many PTSD patients, the biggest barrier to quality care is cost. If you or a loved one has developed PTSD symptoms after a car accident due to the negligence or neglect of another person, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term care. Early high-quality treatment can significantly improve a patient’s long-term outcome. The Hammack Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in Spartanburg, South Carolina and in Greenville, South Carolina who can assist you with a claim if you have been hurt.