The human body, although resilient, can be extremely fragile. This fact is illustrated by the types of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. A relatively minor wreck, of course, will likely only result in minor harm, such and bruises and small cuts. Other crashes, though, may leave a victim with serious injuries that can be life-threatening. The effects of these injuries can be long-lasting and leave victims struggling physically, emotionally, and financially.

Although we typically talk about physical injuries on this blog, this week we wanted to look at a mental health condition that can be caused by an accident: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be caused by experiencing something terrifying, like a car accident. It may trigger flashbacks in a sufferer, as well as anxiety and nightmares. A sufferer may also experience a change in mood that results in difficulty maintaining relationships and trouble experiencing positivity.

The symptoms of PTSD don’t stop there. Sufferers may startle easily, engage in behavior that is self-destructing, have difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and feel hopeless and disengaged. One’s PTSD can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity, and many individuals, with the right treatment, are able to cope with the condition and live a normal life. Others, though, struggle to find a way to move past the incident that triggered the condition. This, in turn, can affect an individual’s day-to-day job, including his or her ability to work.

When mental harm, as well as emotional pain and suffering, results from an accident caused by the negligence of another, then it may be appropriate to seek compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. Before compensation can be recovered, certain legal elements must be proven. To learn more about how to approach such a case, accident victims may want to reach out to an experienced legal professional.