My son and I were recently involved in a serious New Jersey car accident. As we recover from our injuries, I have become afraid to drive, or even leave the house. Is it possible that I have post-traumatic stress disorder?

As Trenton motor vehicle accident attorneys, we often represent clients who have suffered mental injuries in addition to their physical ones. And yes, you may be suffering from PTSD. The most typical symptoms for car accident victims include:

  • Flashbacks and/or upsetting dreams in which you relive the accident.
  • Avoiding thinking about the event, emotional numbness, and a feeling of hopelessness.
  • Mental function disturbances including problems with memory and concentration.
  • Personal relationship problems like difficulty feeling close to friends and family, avoidance of social situations, and even loss of sexual interest.
  • Intense emotional reactions including anger, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, auditory or visual hallucinations, and/or overwhelming guilt.

We recommend you see a doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you have PTSD. It is something you need to deal with, not ignore. Mayo Clinic suggests that, while most people normally experience a wide range of emotional reactions to a traumatic event, it is not normal for these reactions to take over your life. They recommend that you see a doctor if:

  • Your mental and emotional disturbances last more than a month.
  • Your condition is severe, especially if you have thoughts about hurting yourself or others.
  • If you can’t seem to get your life under control.

Finally, if you feel that you need legal advice on how to include your mental injury as you seek damages for your accident, please call Gaylord Popp in Trenton toll free at 888-716-8086. We can answer your questions and help you decide the best course of action in a legal claim.