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Car accidents often cause victims to suffer emotional injuries

Post-traumatic stress disorder is something that is usually talked about in regard to veterans or survivors of abuse. Few people in Maryland and elsewhere may realize that victims of car accidents may also experience PTSD. According to statistic, roughly 9% of accident victims suffer from some level of PTSD. How can one recognize this type of emotional injury?

PTSD presents itself in a variety of ways. It may not be the same for everyone. Some common symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Changes in weight
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Social withdrawal

Overall, PTSD prevents a person from thoroughly enjoying his or her life. It may even affect an individual's ability to thrive in a professional setting. Emotional injuries are very real, but there are critics out there who believe that those with such injuries need to decide to just get over it and move on. If people could do that they would, but emotional trauma does not work that way. Psychological trauma comes in varying degrees, and some people require years of therapy and medical treatments in order to regain some sense of normalcy.

Emotional injuries may not be visible to others, but they do a lot of damage -- both economic and noneconomic in nature. Those injured in car accidents in Maryland may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses, whether they are physical, psychological or both. Legal counsel can review the details of one's case, and if deemed appropriate, take the necessary steps to seek maximum relief through private negotiations or -- if necessary -- litigation.

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