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Salt Lake City Car Accident PTSD Lawyer

It is believed that roughly 9 percent of car accident survivors are likely to develop significant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While PTSD has few external physical symptoms, the mental and emotional effects can be both debilitating and life-changing.

PTSD related to cars and highways can make it almost impossible for a person to get into a vehicle, let alone drive one. This can make getting to work or holding down a job difficult, and can lead to long-term and expensive therapy.

An experienced Salt Lake City car accident PTSD lawyer knows that serious car accidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are suffering from PTSD after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation.

Symptoms of PTSD

Treating your PTSD requires first recognizing and accepting that you have it. The symptoms  associated with PTSD include behavioral symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and physical symptoms.

  • Behavioral Symptoms – anxiety, emotional outbursts, depression, survivor’s guilt, self-blame, shame, self-harming behaviors, homicidal thoughts, and depression
  • Cognitive Symptoms – confusion, memory problems, trouble making decisions, fatigue, slow reactions, and difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • Physical Symptoms – chronic pain, phantom pain, weight gain, weight loss, excessive sleeping, and insomnia

Lost Wages and Medical Expenses

Accident-related PTSD can be crippling and dramatically decrease a person’s quality of life. The condition can cause people to be afraid to drive or leave the house, and thereby make maintaining employment difficult to impossible.

Wages lost due to PTSD should be factored into your settlement. This also applies to any other medical expenses you may have as a result of the accident. The costs of therapies, medications, and doctor’s visits are all eligible for financial compensation.

Proving Negligence

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that has been recognized by the American Mental Health Counselors Association as being one of the most debilitating of diseases.

However, in order to receive compensation for your PTSD, we must prove that someone else was to blame for your accident and resulting mental and emotional trauma.

The root cause of your accident will need to be identified, which will indicate who the responsible party was. A Salt Lake City car accident PTSD lawyer will help you gather evidence to prove the other party’s responsibility and build your case.

Why You Need a Salt Lake City car accident PTSD lawyer

It can be challenging to prove negligence, and the other driver will counter by attempting to demonstrate that you were partially to blame for the accident.

If the other driver can prove that you were at least partially responsible, your financial compensation will be reduced accordingly. Our goal is to limit the percentage of negligence assigned to you so that you can recover as much money as possible.

To discuss your case and your options in further detail, schedule a free consultation with a Salt Lake City car accident PTSD lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates today. Call 1-800-404-9000 or contact us online through the online form below.