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Car accidents, PTSD and chronic pain

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When a devastating or frightening crash occurs, some victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published research that highlights how victims of traffic crashes who have PTSD are especially likely to struggle with chronic pain. As if chronic pain is not difficult enough to deal with, it frequently leads to other problems (such as losing the ability to work).

Motor vehicle crash victims who are struggling with PTSD or intense pain need to examine all of their legal options if a reckless driver is responsible for bringing these hardships into their lives.

The consequences of pain and PTSD

Those struggling with chronic pain often rely on medication to get through the day. For many car crash victims, long-term pain is very debilitating and some people depend on drugs that are very addictive and dangerous. Moreover, many people have to stop working because of their pain (and other accident-related physical challenges). Often, this leads to financial problems and even depression. In some instances, people who are dealing with high levels of pain experience problems in their personal relationships, such as irritability and distancing that results in the loss of friends or causes a marriage to fall apart.

Coping with PTSD and accident-related pain

In the aftermath of a traffic accident, people cope with the hardships they have to endure in different ways. Some victims are fortunate to find a considerable amount of support from friends and loved ones, while others pick up new hobbies and find other strategies to combat the physical, financial and mental hurdles they are working through.