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What Type of Mental Trauma Is Common After a Car Wreck?

Published on Aug 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car accident, people mainly focus on their physical injuries. They know these will take time to recover and often do everything they can to heal as quickly as possible. This includes seeing doctors and adhering to their treatment plans. But what some people may not expect that they could have mental trauma as well.

Car accidents are terrifying and can have lasting effects on a person. This doesn’t necessarily mean physical injuries. Car accident survivors may have mental trauma. They need professional care to make sure these issues are resolved as well. It could be from talking to a psychologist or taking medication to help them deal with their trauma.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you deserve representation that will fight for your rights. A Milwaukee car accident lawyer from Urban & Taylor will make sure that your best interests are represented.

Car Accident Victims Can Experience Mental Trauma

People may experience extreme emotional responses after a car accident. They may feel anxiety, angry, have mood swings, have a sense of fear, have issues sleeping, and don’t enjoy their interests anymore. This emotional distress can cause issues with the person’s everyday life like going to work, school, or taking care of their daily obligations. When a person’s life is impeded, they feel out of control and it makes the situation worse.

There are some cases where a car accident survivor has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Those who have this may also feel fearful of getting back into a car or have issues with anxiety. PTSD symptoms include recurring memories of the accident, nightmares, depression, and becoming extremely distressed after being reminded of the accident.

People can also develop certain phobias after a car accident. Some may become agoraphobic and avoid anything that reminds them of the accident. This could be from the place where it happened to giving up driving completely.

What Can Help People Who Have Mental Trauma from a Car Accident?

While no one can predict a car accident, people can take certain steps to deal with the emotional trauma. Speaking to family, friends, and medical professionals can help establish that they’re experiencing trauma and need help. It’s also important to try to get back into their daily lives. When people have emotional trauma, they may try to distance themselves from everything. But this makes them feel isolated and can contribute to depression and anxiety.

There isn’t a set recovery time when people have mental trauma after a car accident. Everyone recovers at their own pace. However, treatment can be expensive because they may need to visit doctors, specialists, and afford medication. Their settlement should help them afford their recovery. The lawyers at Urban & Taylor understand how debilitating this kind of trauma can be. We will stand up for your rights and do everything to win you a favorable settlement so you can get the treatment and help you need to recover.

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