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| MVAs have a lasting impact on the survivors, regardless of how minor or major the accident. At the most extreme end of the spectrum, a person can experience PTSD. All areas of life can be impacted from an MVA, including fear when driving, nightmares, flashbacks, and lasting chronic pain. It is critical to seek the appropriate care after such events and not neglect the real potential for lasting impact. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Caused by Auto Accidents


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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER CAUSED BY AUTO
ACCIDENTS
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WHAT IS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can come
    about after a traumatic event that threatens your
    safety and makes you feel helpless. Its normal
    to feel frightened or anxious after distressing
    experiences, but if the feelings dont eventually
    fade away, its possible youre suffering from
    PTSD. When an experience feels particularly
    unpredictable and uncontrollable, the disorder is
    more likely to occur. A motor vehicle accident is
    a perfect example of this.

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MVA RESEARCH
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) are currently
    being researched as a potential cause of PTSD. A
    MVA can also cause emotional distress,
    depression, and anxiety. Variables exist that
    have predictive value when determining who might
    experience PTSD after an MVA. The research on
    this topic allows clinicians to identify
    individuals at risk for long-term mental health
    problems after an accident.

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MVA PTSD VARIABLES
  • Three sets of variables identify at-risk
    individuals
  • Pre-accident variables Poor ability to cope with
    traumatic events, pre-accident mental health
    problems, and poor social support
  • Accident-related variables Amount of physical
    injury and fear of dying, potential life-threat,
    and loss of significant others
  • Post-accident variables Rate of physical
    recovery from injury, the level of social support
    from friends and family, and the level of active
    reengagement in both work and social activities

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PTSD SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
  • PTSD symptoms can arise suddenly and occur
    unpredictably. Everyone experiences PTSD
    differently, but there are three main types of
    symptoms
  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

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RE-EXPERIENCING THE TRAUMATIC EVENT
  • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the
    trauma
  • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the
    event

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AVOIDING REMINDERS OF THE TRAUMA
  • Inability to remember important aspects of the
    trauma
  • Avoidance of anything having to do with the
    trauma (driving, being in a car, etc.)
  • Loss of interest in activities and life in
    general
  • Feeling detached and emotionally numb
  • Sense of a limited future

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INCREASED ANXIETY AND EMOTIONAL AROUSAL
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled

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MVA-RELATED PTSD TREATMENTS
  • MVA-related PTSD is unique due to the increased
    likelihood of being injured or developing a
    chronic pain condition following the trauma. Due
    to this, people who have been injured dont
    consider psychological treatment. When
    psychological treatment isnt sought, PTSD
    symptoms linger. Options to recover include
    behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and
    medication.

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COMPENSATION FOR PTSD
  • PTSD claims in connection with car accidents are
    not common, but they are not unheard of. It falls
    under damages, which determines the value of a
    car accident injury claim. The challenge is
    proving your claim and showing that you are
    receiving ongoing therapy to treat the PTSD.

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CONTACT US
  • Barry Edson has successfully represented the
    General Toronto Area for over 30 years. Trusted
    by local clients, he has acted as counsel on
    thousands of personal injury, fatal accident, and
    disability claims. In the course of recovering
    millions of dollars in settlements, judgments,
    and disability payments for his clients, he has
    also established many important legal precedents.
  • Your initial consultation with Edson Legal is
    always free and there is no pressure of further
    obligation.
  • Website http//edsonlegal.com/
  • Phone 1-855-702-3119
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