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PTSD

Catastrophic Personal Injury PTSD

A psychological injury is an injury to one’s mind. Unlike traumatic brain injuries, where there is an injury to the brain tissue, psychological injuries can occur without physical trauma.

What is PTSD?

PTSD, aka post-traumatic stress disorder, was once called battle fatigue syndrome or shell shock. It is a serious condition that can develop after witnessing a traumatic event in which serious physical harm was threatened or transpired. PTSD is a long lasting consequence of a traumatic ordeal causing intense fear, helplessness, depression, and many other conditions. Although many victims are thought to be soldiers returning from war, it can happen to anyone. This condition can be triggered by any traumatic event, such as a vehicle accident, workplace accident, physical or sexual assault, or the sudden death of a loved one. Families of victims can also develop the condition. It is estimated approximately 4% of the United States population is suffering from PTSD.

How PTSD Affects You

PTSD has a variety of symptoms, many of which make life difficult to live. In the worst case scenarios, the stress from the traumatic event intensifies as time goes by. The victim may experience flashbacks of the event, nightmares, depression, and/or anxiety. Other additional after effects may include:

  • Compulsive or repetitive behavior
  • Remembrance of the event
  • Problems maintaining relationships
  • Feelings of despair, rejection, and hopelessness
  • Constant withdrawal
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Repressed memories
  • Quick temper or mood swings
  • Impaired social skills
  • Inability to find or hold a job

The treatment process for PTSD is complex and time consuming. Patients of PTSD who suffered a traumatic event as the result of the negligent actions of another may file a lawsuit to recover damages for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • The cost of mental health services
  • In-patient and outpatient care
  • Lost earnings and earning capacity
  • Punitive damages, should the guilty parties be found to have acted with gross negligence

Houston Injury Lawyers

Texas law provides protections to those suffering from PTSD, as do many other states. In order to file a claim related to PTSD, it is essential to get the proper diagnosis from a qualified medical provider. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic event, find out how the the lawyers at Craft Law Firm can help your family.

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