PTSD Lawsuits

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events. Examples of such an event include (but are not limited to) sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, and threats of imminent death. No one should be exposed to these types of traumas, especially if they were caused by another person’s negligence, recklessness, or cruelty.

Who Does PTSD Affect?

People who experience assault-based trauma are more likely to develop PTSD, as opposed to people who experience non-assault based trauma, such as witnessing trauma, accidents, and fire events. War veterans are commonly at risk for PTSD, but everyday people can suffer debilitating symptoms too.

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How Does PTSD Affect People?

PTSD can affect people in a variety of ways. Below are some of the most common symptoms that a psychological professional may use in order to diagnose the condition:

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Avoidance of situations that could cause flashbacks or a repeat incident
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Extreme reactions
  • Hostility
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Guilt
  • Isolation
  • Loneliness.

Depending on how a person is affected by their trauma and who is found to be responsible for the trauma in the first place, a number of things may happen in a PTSD lawsuit. Take, for example, this case from our files:

Our client was minding her own business as she was driving to work on the Schuykill Expressway when a trailer going the opposite direction lost one of its wheels, which flew over the median and landed on her hood and windshield. Fortunately, she suffered relatively minor physical injuries, but for more than 3 years she was too frightened to drive her car to and from work. She eventually sought the help of a psychologist who through extensive therapy was able to give her coping devices so she could get behind the wheel. Various psychological tests concluded that she was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. Our familiarity with cases such as this enabled us to successfully settle her claim before trial.

In this case, the client’s PTSD affected her daily routine and her ability to commute to work. Each of these factors contributed to our method of handling her case, and we’re happy to report that we were successful in recovering compensation on her behalf. This helped her to not only make up for the cost of her medical and psychological bills, but it gave her a newfound sense of empowerment as well. By taking the appropriate legal action, she took a big step toward reclaiming power over her trauma and moving forward with her life. If there is any chance that our legal services can help you do the same, please give us a call.