Based on several studies, most people in Ontario and across the country suffer one or more traumatic events in their lives. However, only some of them develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Car accidents, even those that are not catastrophic, can cause enough trauma to those involved to suffer PTSD.
Typical effects of PTSD
Witnessing the event directly or having experienced it directly may be sufficient to trigger the disorder. Seeing a loved one suffer or die can sometimes trigger similar symptoms. The effects of PTSD could be severe enough to prevent people from living their lives as before. It could even prevent people from returning to work. The following factors typically form part of the disorder.
- Vivid images: Trauma often manifests in unwelcome, recurring vivid flashback images of the event that caused it.
- Nightmares: People who have PTSD commonly have nightmares about the trauma or its aftermath.
- Anxiety: After a car accident, watching car wrecks on television or hearing tires squeal could exacerbate anxiety.
- Fear: When they encounter people, conversations, places or situations that remind them of the trauma, people with PTSD may become overwhelmed with fear.
Victims of car accidents might have to deal with mounting medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses. Those who subsequently develop post-traumatic stress disorder would likely have to deal with the long-term expenses related to emotional trauma therapy.
If you have suffered PTSD and other consequences due to a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be recourse to file a personal injury claim in civil court. This can help to cover the expenses associated with your recovery and enable you to move forward with your life.