PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is often referred to in the context of a psychological condition that many of our veterans face when they return from military service. While veterans comprise a large portion of the population that must grapple with PTSD in their lifetimes, one does not have to be a veteran of combat in order to suffer from it. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by a traumatic experience, like a car accident, or suffering from a major injury as the result of someone else's negligence. Every time that you experience a triggering situation, you relive the traumatic event's memory. The condition can be crippling, and may force you to adapt the way that you live your entire life. At Corsiglia McMahon and Allard, L.L.P., our lawyers will help you be compensated for financial and emotional damages from those who are responsible for your injury and subsequent PTSD.How Do I Know If I Have PTSD?
Being diagnosed with PTSD is a medical diagnosis. It is likely a diagnosis that will not be made until you begin to exhibit some of the symptoms, which include but are not limited to:
- Reliving the event through nightmares or flashbacks, even experiencing triggering events like certain smells or sounds.
- Avoidance of once-normalized behavior that reminds you of the event. An example is avoiding a favorite park in order to not remember the traumatic event that occurred there.
- Hyper arousal, which is generally an inability for you to calm yourself down. Examples include an inability to sleep, uncharacteristic irritability, or having trouble concentrating.
The attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon and Allard, L.L.P. are skilled professionals who know how to help their clients obtain successful outcomes for their cases. Many times, litigation involves complex medical conditions or psychological evaluations in which the use of expert witnesses is employed.
An expert witness is one who is called to testify specifically on the medical or other specialized aspects of your case. He or she can testify to your symptoms being consistent with PTSD, as well as the lasting effect that those symptoms can have on a person's personal or work life. The expert witness may also help establish the amount of care that you will need, but more importantly, determine how much that care will cost you.
Being diagnosed with PTSD carries a stigma with it that many do not want to face. The danger involved with not coming forward and seeking help is two-fold. Left untreated, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can pose a danger to your loved ones. If the suit is not filed in time, you may lose your ability to collect damages from the traumatic event. No one should cope with these issues alone. Contact us at (408) 289-1417 and speak with one of our PTSD attorneys today.