We all know about injuries you can see, things like scars or broken bones that you can see on an x-ray. Even though mental health has become something that we are more comfortable talking about as a society, it is still not generally accepted, as we talk about broken bones or things that need stitches. But when you have been involved in a severe accident, there is often a mental health component to the injuries. Insurance companies that will be on the other side of your accident case take injuries that they can see and understand simply more seriously than more complex injuries like those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. We can illustrate this point with a case study from one of the files we handled here in the past. Our client developed severe PTSD and anxiety following a severe automobile accident. It was a rollover accident, and it was caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. To add insult to injury, this driver was belligerent at the accident scene after the cars had come to rest. So our client had concern not only for his physical well-being but also for the well-being of the other people in the car, not just from the injuries from the accident but also from this drunk driver. As he attempted to get treatment driving from his rural home into the city to access healthcare, he noticed he was terrified riding in cars and that the situation really was not made better if he was driving.
It was determined that he was suffering from significant post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Unfortunately, it was difficult for him to get treatment. He needed to be able to get transportation to get treatment, but he lived rurally, and it was the transportation that was so difficult. It is critical to get the healthcare you need to get better. It’s also critical to work with attorneys who are comfortable with all of your injuries, whether they be orthopedic in nature or related to your mental health. You must get the care you need to address both the injuries that can be seen and those that cannot be seen. Post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety accompany almost a third of all people who have been involved in serious automobile accidents. This is an important part of your claim, and you need attorneys who are skilled in handling this type of claim. So give us a call today if you have been involved in a personal injury accident, and we will consult with you for free about these types of injuries or any other injuries you may be experiencing.