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Proving PTSD in Personal Injury Cases

Unfortunately, the scars we sustain after an accident are more than skin deep. Depending on the nature of your injury, your mental and emotional health may be at risk of significant damage. It’s estimated at least 5% of all Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and 8% of all adults will develop symptoms in their lifetimes. Proving PTSD can be complex as this complicated psychological disorder is not easily verified as an injury.

Signs & Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is common for adults who have directly experienced or witness traumatic events such as death, serious injury or illness, or sexual violation. Near-death experiences, such as car accidents, are common sources of this distress.

If you experience any of the following, you may be suffering from PTSD:

  • Flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive recollections of the event
  • Emotional numbness, a sudden desire for isolation or solitude
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Paranoia
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability, etc.

There are many misconceptions about determining PTSD in the legal sense as an expert testimony may not be enough. The average juror will not understand the extent of how debilitating this disorder can be, which is why victims will need to strengthen their credibility with other sources, known as fact witnesses. The victim’s treating therapist can also testify to establish PTSD.

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