Post-Auto Accident: PTSD and Head Injuries

In the state of Georgia, auto accidents occur by the thousands each year. If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be - specifically on the highway connectors. To some, navigating through Metro Atlanta can be quite confusing making the highways, ramps and even your local streets a hotbed of accidents waiting to happen. Some accidents are so life-threatening, it's a miracle to walk away and the trauma is enough to make someone not want to drive again. There is nothing worse than dealing with the physical aftermath of an auto accident and what's often overlooked is the lasting affects of being involved in an auto collision. Businesswoman with intense stress and painful headache. Woman in job problems.
More specifically, PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often a lingering condition that is extremely difficult to manage if it's not diagnosed or treated properly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in a nutshell, is an anxiety disorder people suffer from after witnessing or surviving a traumatic event. According to the National Institute of Mental Health the symptoms for the 3 types of PTSD are as follows:
Re-experiencing symptoms:
  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts
Avoidance Symptoms:
  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.
Hyperarousal symptoms: Being easily startled Feeling tense or “on edge” Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it would be best get yourself evaluated and treated to get back to living life peacefully. Immediately after an accident, the adrenaline rush that throws the body into "fight or flight" mode almost numbs the body of internal injuries. Many times, collision victims won't notice pain until a few days afterwards which likely stem from injuries of the head and neck. It is a common symptom in individuals who have experienced trauma to the head and neck. Vertigo is an inflammation of the inner ear around the nerves that give the body a sense on balance. The symptoms can last for moments or hours and may come and go. According to WebMD, the symptoms of
Post Traumatic Vertigo are as follows:
  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction
Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:
  • Feeling nauseated
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
Head injuries and anxiety disorders that stem from the trauma of an auto collision should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has recently been involved or injured in an accident and were not at fault, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
If you’ve been suffering from any of the symptoms above, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!
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