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How Is Trauma Diagnosed After an Accident?

Everyone knows about the potential physical injuries a person can endure after a crash. However, did you know that a large number of collisions also result in emotional hardships for the individuals involved?

In many cases, the individuals involved suffer from serious trauma as a result of a crash, leading to flashbacks, anxiety, and many other conditions. When this happens, the victim may also seek non-economic damages from the liable party to compensate for the emotional distress.

Diagnosing trauma can be difficult, however, so it’s important to get help from a New York car accident lawyer and medical professionals. Here are some of the things that may be characterized as a symptom of trauma to help with the diagnosis.

One type of trauma that may be experienced is post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a term often heard after a soldier returns from war, but it isn’t the only circumstance in which this may happen. It can also be a result of accidents, causing the individual to have a fear of the situation occurring again.

Typically, a person with trauma after a crash will exhibit anxiety in situations similar to the one experienced during the accident. They may not want to drive anymore out of fear. Or certain sounds such as a car honking can cause a flashback if that is a sound they remember from the crash.

When these flashbacks occur, it’s almost as if the individual is frozen in fear or left trying to cope with what happened. The anxiety often causes them to essentially shut down and avoid anything that could put them into a similar situation.

Some symptoms that may be looked for include recurring bad dreams, startle reaction, avoiding triggers, loss of interest in certain activities, and physical reactions. These are some things that may tell a doctor a survivor has trauma.

At Levine and Wiss, we understand how trauma can be difficult to cope with. Survivors deserve to seek non-economic damages as a result of their emotional hardships and we work hard to guide our clients throughout the entire process. If you suffer from trauma after a negligence-related accident, our New York personal injury lawyers are here for you.

Get a free consultation by contacting our firm today.