LEXINGTON and LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. Victims of car accidents generally receive medical care to attend to their physical injuries. Yet, car accident victims may suffer for months or years with hidden injuries that may not be addressed until it is too late. According to WebMD, even minor accidents can leave victims suffering from anxiety or minor phobias. Yet, a recent study suggests that as many as one-third of all people involved in car accidents could end up suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and phobias.
These injuries may not be treated in the ER or even be diagnosed by a family physician, but they can have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life, work life, and family life. Post-traumatic stress disorder, for instance, can affect a person’s sleep and can result in flashbacks that can make it difficult for individuals to enjoy normal life activities. Passengers, for instance, may also be more likely to suffer from anxiety after a crash.
So, what can you do if you’ve been affected psychologically after a car accident, and what steps can you take to protect yourself and your loved ones? First, know the signs and symptoms of the more serious issues. The major symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include re-living the traumatic event, feeling emotionally numb, avoiding places that remind one of the trauma, problems sleeping, depression, and anxiety. It is important to seek help if these symptoms have been affecting your ability to enjoy or engage with everyday life. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a range of resources for individuals. NAMI has been fighting to ensure that sufferers of mental illness are covered by insurance and you may be entitled to more resources through insurance than you think.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be able to receive money to pay for your medical care, including mental health care. The Troutman Law Office in Lexington helps clients suffering from a range of injuries following car accidents. If you’ve been involved in a crash in Kentucky or Lexington, contact our personal injury firm today to learn about what options you may have and what resources may be available to you.
Of course, victims and families may not always be aware that there is a problem. Victims may feel that something is “off” but don’t always know why. They don’t want to drive past certain streets or get into the car, but it isn’t always clear to the suffering individual that there is a connection to the car accident. Not getting help, however, can have serious consequences. Stress can impact physical health. Individuals suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder may suffer from suicidal thoughts or even be more prone to suicide. Families should be aware of the signs and get help if they are worried about a loved one’s well being. If a loved one is speaking about suicide, has withdrawn socially or from life activities, has been experiencing mood swings, or has shown impulsive or reckless behavior, it may be time to get help.
Recognizing a problem is the first step in getting help, getting better, and living a happy full life. The Troutman Law Firm is uniquely aware of the diverse challenges facing car accident victims. Our firm fights for families and for care. Visit our website today to learn more https://www.kyautoaccidentattorney.com/.