A motorcycle crash is a serious and unnerving event for even the most seasoned rider. The speed, suddenness, and violence is both physically and mentally jarring. In my years of practice as a motorcycle accident lawyer, I have found that a number of my clients suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their accident, many without realizing it.
One of the factors that makes PTSD so heartbreaking is its hidden nature. Symptoms often do not reveal themselves for months or even years. During this time of hidden struggle, victims must endure its effects alone, in many cases without even realizing or acknowledging that they have a disease at all. When symptoms do present themselves, sufferers are often misunderstood and labeled “crazy,” or even in some cases, dangerous.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is diagnosed when troubling psychological symptoms from a traumatic event persist for more than one month after the experience. Before post traumatic stress disorder was well understood, it was referenced by other names such as “shell shock, to describe the lingering emotional issues exhibited by soldiers returning from war.
What Are the Symptoms?
Post traumatic stress disorder is characterized by symptoms such as fear, nervousness, guilt, shock, and anger. The circumstances of a motorcycle accident may include serious injury and vehicles colliding with great speed and force, altering lives in an instant.
Someone who is suffering from PTSD might play the crash over and over again in their mind – unable to turn it off. There may be guilt and remorse about how they acted, whether this guilt is justified or not.
You Can Recover and Receive Compensation for Your Treatment
Over the last several years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been studied extensively by the mental health community, and its causes, symptoms, prognosis and treatments are relatively well understood. If a sufferer gets the treatment they need, recovery and resumption of a normal life is likely.
Unfortunately many PTSD sufferers do not receive the prompt treatment necessary. And when treatment is sought, because of the long-term nature of the symptoms, costs can add up significantly over time, adding additional stress to an already traumatic situation.
One potential avenue of relief regarding this financial pressure is to file a compensation claim. Because it is not a strictly physical injury, many victims do not realize that they may be eligible to receive coverage for their therapy, so they never pursue it. If you have been in a traumatic accident recently and believe you are suffering from the symptoms I’ve listed above, you should consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in motorcycle law to ascertain whether you can be reimbursed for your treatment.
Improvement may be gradual, but with psychotherapy, medication and support, people do find relief from their symptoms and transition back to a normal life.
Remember, it costs the same to get an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to protect your rights as it does to get one who doesn’t focus on motorcycle accidents. Consultations are always free and there is never a fee until we win your case! So call 1-888-cycle-law, or visit www.motorcycleaccidentlawyerpa.com for the most experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.