Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a frequent consequence of major car and truck accidents. How do you prove it?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often associated with soldiers and others exposed to violent conflict. Its appearance in someone's life is often confusing and highly disruptive. Characteristic of this disease are so-called intrusive memories of the trauma including flashbacks, disturbing nightmares and severe emotional and physical distress.


These phenomena can lead to negative thinking and both physical and emotional reactions including suicidal ideation. Medical and often pharmaceutical help may well be necessary to deal with PTSD and those are also necessary in order to prove the connection between PTSD and particular sources of trauma that likely precipitated the onset.

Catastrophic car and truck accidents sometimes result in PTSD even where the actual physical trauma is not especially great.

Given the aggressive and highly skeptical attitudes of most auto liablity insurers proof of the connection between a given Maryland crash and PTSD can be tricky. They necessarily involve healthcare providers with knowledge of and experience with PTSD.

Psychiatrists and psychologists are the preferred species of doctors for these situations but in the modern medical age all physicians have occasion to deal with PTSD and can be utilized to establish the diagnosis and its origin. 

The most frequent treatment modalities are medication and therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy and one of several prescription medicines including Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. While there are other treatments effective use of the preceding goes a long way toward proof of PTSD. 

Robert V. Clark
Maryland Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
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