Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Utah Accident Cases


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a significant or extreme emotional or psychological response to a shocking, dangerous or traumatic event. It affects approximately seven percent of the United States population and nearly 12-18 percent of combat veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Post-traumatic stress disorder deeply impacts the lives of those who suffer from it. It is commonly associated with war veterans, but PTSD also affects victims of traumatic events such as car accidents. Learning to cope with the effects of this disorder can complicate an injury case. The attorneys at Christensen & Hymas will handle the legal workload of a case, and help you receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, often shortened to PTSD, is a mental condition that affects survivors of traumatic events or accidents. PTSD goes beyond the normal recovery time needed after stressful or frightening moments. Post-traumatic stress disorder can last years. It almost always presents extremely difficult challenges to those who suffer from it.

For example, a victim of a dog attack could experience:

  • Lasting psychological damage and permanent fear and anxiety around dogs
  • Emotional stress, which may be made worse by physical injuries and scarring

All people with PTSD may experience:

  • Nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety attacks, or permanent fears
  • Decreased concentration and focus
  • Difficulties with everyday life/tasks
  • Irritability, emotional instability

How Could PTSD Affect My Utah Accident Case?

The lasting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder can affect a decision in your Utah accident case. If you are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, its effects can be included as evidence for a pain-and-suffering settlement. Additionally, a settlement may help you pay for your necessary medical treatments.

Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you will not pay us anything until we win your case. This allows you to continue seeking proper medical care without the burden of huge legal costs.

If you or a loved one suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of an accident, let us know. We deal extensively with personal injury cases and are dedicated to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Photo courtesy of the US Airforce

Russ Hymas
Managing Partner at Christensen & Hymas
Russ Hymas is the managing partner at Christensen & Hymas. He promotes awareness of legal issues and drives positive change in the cycling community.

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