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Psychological Injuries

Psychological Injuries

Accident victims involved in motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut often experience a number of different injuries and pains in the days following the traffic crash. Injuries such as bone fractures and lacerations are typical in some of the minor accidents, whereas spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are more common in severe collisions. Regardless of the severity, physical damage is often most spoken about immediately after an accident.

Unfortunately, far less attention is given to the potential psychological injuries that may be present in the passenger occupants involved in the wreck. Contrary to popular belief, psychological injuries are a common outcome of accidents, deserving far more attention than they currently receive. When compared to serious physical injuries, psychological damage is often put on the back burner. However, emotional distress is a real injury that requires medical treatment. Connecticut residents must recognize that injuries beyond the scope of the eye are certainly real and should be addressed accordingly.

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has proudly provided personal injury guidance for Connecticut accident victims for many, many years. In our decades of service, our experienced auto accident attorneys have come to learn just what it takes to find success in the courtroom. With offices located in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, our Connecticut legal staff is available to residents throughout the state. If you or a loved one has suffered psychological injuries after an accident, our CT personal injury attorneys are prepared to take your case.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Some of the most common outcomes of severe auto accidents in Connecticut are short-term emotional stress, long-term emotional stress, and psychological injuries. When a collision is particularly catastrophic, accident victims may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The term came to fruition to identify the “shell shock” that soldiers returning from World War I felt. Today, traffic crashes are amongst the leading contributors for those experiencing PTSD in the United States.

After witnessing some sort of traumatic event or suffering due to a particular incident, some people develop the pathological anxiety disorder PTSD. Those who have suffered from PTSD are unable to properly turn off the fight-or-flight responses and anxieties linked back to the trauma; this is due to a change in the brain’s ability to shut off these reactions. Current reports suggest that anywhere from 10 to 45 percent of the 3 million passenger occupants involved in auto accidents will eventually suffer from some form of PTSD.

Re-experiencing the accident, avoiding reminders of the accident, and an increase in emotional arousal and anxiety levels are the three general categories of PTSD symptoms. However, these are rather general and difficult to pinpoint, especially for the accident victim. The following are the most common, specific symptoms associated with PTSD:

  • Flashbacks
  • A new sense of a restricted future
  • Strong physical reactions when reminded of the accident (rapid breathing, heart pounding, etc.)
  • Intense feelings of distress when the accident is mentioned
  • Problems concentrating
  • Sleeping issues
  • Easily alarmed
  • Emotionally numb
  • Detachment from others
  • Intrusive memories about the crash
  • Difficulty remembering certain aspects of the crash
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Irritability
  • Avoiding participating in anything that reminds the victim of the collision
  • Lack of interest in life and activities
  • Nightmares

According to Connecticut law, psychological injuries are to be treated in the same manner as physical injuries when dealing with the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision. Unfortunately, the psychological damages suffered tend to take a back seat to physical injuries. Nevertheless, emotional distress is not something to be taken lightly.

Proving psychological injury in a personal injury claim is incredibly difficult. As such, it is absolutely essential to speak with a knowledgeable, experienced Connecticut lawyer prior to taking any kind of legal action. Building a strong case by developing a clear connection between the trauma and the psychological damage that has occurred takes the legal knowledge of a seasoned professional. If you or a loved one has experienced psychological injury following a crash, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is here for you.

Contact a Knowledgeable Accident Injury Lawyer Today

With over 140 years of combined legal experience, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has built a strong reputation throughout the state of Connecticut. Our personal injury attorneys all share a deep passion for the law and a mutual compassion for the residents of our state. As such, our skilled legal team works diligently to build cases that will award our clients the MAXIMUM compensation possible.

We believe that when the negligence of another driver causes injury or harm of any kind to you, the at-fault party must be held liable and pay the damages that they cause. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, our Connecticut auto collision lawyers are here for you.

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