A Miami car accident attorney can help you file your car accident claim and prove that you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after your suffered trauma in a collision. The effects of PTSD can last for a long time and may require intensive therapy to treat. In addition, PTSD can make performing even daily tasks daunting; some suffer from anxiety when driving or riding in a vehicle.
If you have recently filed a car accident claim and have listed post-traumatic stress disorder as a side effect of the collision, retaining a Miami auto accident attorney is highly recommended. An attorney who has experience with vehicle crashes will be familiar with this syndrome and understand how to gather evidence that proves your condition.
Proving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Car Accident Claim
Approximately 10-45% of individuals involved in a serious collision suffer from PTSD; in fact, traffic collisions are the leading cause of this disorder.
The symptoms of PTSD may include:
- flashbacks to the accident;
- feelings of distress;
- bad dreams;
- irritability; and
- suicidal thoughts.
In addition, PTSD sufferers experience physical symptoms during flashbacks, such as hyperventilating, elevated heart rate, nausea and sweating. To prove that your trauma from the car accident is PTSD, you should keep a journal detailing any of the symptoms you experience due to this disorder. In addition, you may be required to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Magnetoencephalography (MEG), a tool that measures the brain’s magnetic fields, can be used to test for PTSD. MEG has a 90% accuracy rate of correctly identifying those with PTSD.
Defendants and insurance companies often try to fight PTSD diagnoses in car accident claims because it can increase the amount of compensation that the victim will recover. For this reason, you need an attorney who will work with a medical expert and gather all of the evidence needed to prove that you truly suffer from PTSD.
Contact a Miami Auto Accident Attorney
A vehicle collision can take a toll on your life, both physically and mentally. By enlisting the counsel of a Miami auto accident attorney, you can get in touch with the right health care professionals to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and file a car accident claim to request compensation for your treatment. For a free consultation on your case, contact the Falk & Falk Law Firm today at 305-279-0999.