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How to Handle PTSD After an Accident

February 22, 2017

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The aftermath of a serious car accident can involve multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment, and a lengthy period of physical rehabilitation. All of this can be extremely expensive, with the costs being magnified if the accident victim is forced to take time off from work during the recovery process. However, it is important for traumatic accident victims to realize that the effects of the accident can go beyond physical injuries. Even after the broken bones have healed, you may find that you are still not emotionally or mentally recovered. That’s because some accidents can result in the victim suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a disorder that affects people who experienced a life-threatening event, such as a car accident. Additionally, a person who was not injured in the accident but who witnessed it, like a passenger in an auto wreck that killed someone else, can also suffer from PTSD.

The devastating effects of PTSD are very real and can cause the victim to constantly relive the traumatic accident. It is not uncommon for a person with PTSD to have difficulty sleeping and to struggle with the most basic daily activities, such as going to work or attending school. In the event of a serious car accident, the PTSD victim may not be able to get behind the wheel of a car again because they worry about being involved in another collision.

Treatment Options for PTSD

PTSD is not likely to go away on its own, so it is important for anyone who was involved in a traumatic accident to make sure that they get medical treatment and, if necessary, mental health counseling. This may involve counseling sessions with a licensed therapist and the use of prescription medication to treat depression and related symptoms of PTSD.

Getting the help you need will go a long way toward allowing you to return to your normal life. Mental health counseling and prescription medication can be effective at changing how you feel about the traumatic accident.


If you were injured in a traumatic accident in NJ, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer representing you. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.

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