Following a serious truck accident, your top priority is probably going to be your physical health. However, as time goes on, you may begin to realize that the losses you suffered go far beyond cuts, bruises, and their associated medical bills.

Just like any traumatic event, truck accidents have the potential to leave survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s important that you understand the non-physical damage that you may have sustained following an accident so that you can get comprehensive coverage for your losses. 

Read on to learn more about truck accident PTSD from your Houston truck accident injury attorneys. An experienced attorney can help you prove your case or claim for relief.

What Is Truck Accident PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition often accompanied by flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts, severe anxiety, irritability, recurring nightmares, and a loss of connection with those around you. Although this condition is commonly associated with soldiers, PTSD can develop anytime following a traumatic event, including car accidents and truck accidents.

While there is no “cure” for PTSD, treatment can help those with this condition find some relief from the symptoms, and early detection and treatment can help stop the condition from worsening.

Common Signs of PTSD Following a Truck Accident

PTSD is a serious condition. One of the most potentially devastating results is thoughts of self-harm in sufferers. Because of the seriousness of PTSD, speaking with a doctor should be a top priority if you believe you may be suffering from this disorder. While PTSD can make your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control, having the proper treatment can help mitigate this condition by managing your symptoms.

While PTSD can affect different people in different ways, there are some signs and symptoms to watch out for if you think that you or a loved one may have PTSD.

  • Changes in emotional or physical responses — new physical and psychological issues, including difficulties sleeping and concentrating, increased irritability, trust issues, overwhelming guilt, and a tendency to become easily startled.
  • Intrusive memories — this may include flashbacks, severe distress, unwanted memories that continue to cycle, or upsetting dreams related to the traumatic event.
  • Negative mood changes — this may include a range of symptoms or feelings, including hopelessness, relationship difficulties, lack of usual interest, depression, increased agitation or irritability, feeling numb, and a sense of detachment.
  • Avoidance — this may include avoiding things or people that remind you of the event, as well as not talking, thinking, or even acknowledging the event.

PTSD symptoms can vary from minor to severe and can often be unpredictable. They may change based upon the situation or your own mental state. There are also triggers that may elicit sudden bursts of symptoms, such as seeing an image or video that reminds you of the incident. 

With this in mind, you may need to see a doctor even if you only experience symptoms under specific limited circumstances. A doctor can prescribe the necessary treatment to help you find relief.

PTSD’s Financial Costs

In addition to its emotional and sometimes physical costs, PTSD can also have significant financial costs. 

For some, it becomes difficult or even nearly impossible to return to a life that feels normal prior to the traumatic event. They may need to find a new job, have difficulties living in the same area, or turn to habits such as substance abuse. 

Even when those with PTSD do seek treatments, the costs of counseling, psychotherapy, antidepressants, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other medication can add up quickly. However, if the truck accident that lead to the development of your PTSD was caused by the negligence or actions of someone else, they may be responsible for your truck accident injury expenses.

Get Truck Accident Injury and PTSD Compensation With Help From LPJ

If you believe your or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD, seeking treatment should always be the top priority. Doing so can help you or your loved ones manage their symptoms or prevent those symptoms from worsening.

If your PTSD has developed as the result of a truck accident in Texas, payment for that treatment may be the responsibility of the at-fault party. The Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns, PLLC, would be proud to help you seek the compensation you need.

If you were involved in a truck accident and find yourself struggling with the mental effects, talk to Lapeze and Johns, PLLC, about your legal options.

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About Christopher Johns

johnsChristopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.