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.