If you’re a regular reader of our blog, then you know that many accidents result in injuries. From minor cuts and bruises to more severe injuries like head traumas and broken bones, it’s no wonder so many people actively try to avoid getting involved in an accident if they can help it. But as our post title suggests, could there be injuries after a crash that you can’t see? It’s something we want to look at in today’s post.
Can a person develop PTSD after an accident?
Most people are familiar with the term PTSD, which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. Commonly associated with veterans of the armed services, PTSD can be crippling for some people because it alters a person’s normal “fight or flight” response, causing a person to experience fear and anxiety even when no danger is present.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, any traumatic incident can cause a person to develop PTSD. We can see this through many documented cases where a person has experienced PTSD after being involved in events such as bombings, earthquakes, instance where an individual was mugged or raped, and yes, even after a car accident.
Your right to compensation
Whether a person is struck by a car while crossing the street or hit by a semi while driving on the freeway, injuries should be covered by the negligent party. This includes the immediately apparent injuries as well as those that could persist for a longtime afterwards. Asking for compensation to cover long-term conditions can be challenging though, which is why obtaining a lawyer’s services is considered a good idea after a crash or accident.