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Damages include mental distress after an auto accident

Ontario residents may associate post-traumatic stress disorder with a military veteran's horrifying wartime experiences. The mental health condition also can affect individuals directly or indirectly involved in other terrible events, like serious car accidents.

Most victims of serious crashes suffer temporary emotional distress without any long-term mental health threats. Others have difficulty functioning for months or years due to nightmares, emotional upheaval, flashbacks and disturbing thoughts.

A study reported by the U.S. National Center for PTSD indicated auto accidents were the most psychologically distressing events suffered by men and the second most traumatic for women. A person does not have to experience a physical injury to suffer PTSD symptoms. Some people exhibit symptoms after witnessing or even hearing about threatened harm, serious injuries or death.

Doctors have yet to discover why some people are more prone to PTSD following a traumatic event than others. Evidence suggests PTSD is more likely among people with certain inherent personality traits, physiological responses, inherited risks for mental health problems and previous encounters with trauma like child abuse.

Studies have shown approximately 9 percent of all accident survivors develop symptoms of PTSD. The rates average about 60 percent among individuals who seek treatment. Rates varied widely among crash victims with prior mental health issues.

Scientists have learned that the likelihood of PTSD symptoms increases with the severity of the victim's experience. The greater the injury or fear associated with a traumatic event, the more likely a victim will suffer PTSD.

The focus of most post-accident treatment is physical. Consequently, the psychological impact of a crash often is delayed until the victim's physical health stabilizes, if the mental health trauma is addressed at all.

Accident victims may seek compensation for physical as well as mental and emotional injuries caused by negligence. Romeo Pitaro lawyers help victims gather the proof necessary to convince an insurance company or court that a psychological injury occurred.

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