Auto accidents are among one of the most frequent causes of injury in Michigan and across the United States. The injuries caused by car accidents include visible damage, including broken bones and head wounds. However, auto accidents can also cause emotional and mental health injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
The violence and destruction caused by auto accidents and especially those accompanied by severe injuries or even death could certainly cause PTSD for accident victims. However, there is a limited time in which to file claims for compensation for personal injuries caused by an auto accident. It can be more difficult to bring forward a claim for a mental health injury like PTSD than for physical illnesses. Mental health injuries can take longer to diagnose and are frequently diagnosed some period of time after an accident or related incident.
In order to make a claim for monetary damages for PTSD caused by a car accident, it is important that an accident victim receive a diagnosis by a qualified doctor. Furthermore, the PTSD diagnosis must be related in a significant way to the accident. If the accident itself appears minor on the surface or there were other recent tragic events, it may be difficult to attribute the development of PTSD to the auto accident itself.
It is important for auto accident victims and those who work with them to keep an eye on their mental and emotional health as well as their physical well-being. These injuries can be just as devastating and require extensive care and treatment. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, an experienced attorney can help seek appropriate compensation either in settlement talks with the insurance company or through a lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.