NY PTSD Injuries | Accidents & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

NY PTSD Injury AttorneyYou’ve probably heard about Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, but you might not have a clear understanding of what it means. That’s okay. PTSD is complicated and can be confusing, especially for those who experience it and for the people around them.

In the context of lawsuits and litigation, people sometimes speak of PTSD dismissively. That reaction is grounded in an old, outdated, and misguided stereotype about emotional injuries, which some people insist are somehow less serious or less “real” than other injuries.

The truth is that psychological injuries, including PTSD, are very real and have a profound impact on the lives of those affected by them. The experience of post-traumatic stress disorder can cause as much hardship and disruption as physical injuries.

Of course, not every emotional response constitutes PTSD. We all feel sad, upset, angry, and confused after a difficult ordeal. We may shake, cry, tremble, or act out in anger. Some people even feel nauseous or otherwise ill.

PTSD vs. A Normal Emotional Response

The word “normal” is problematic because, in truth, none of us experience emotions in quite the same way. That is especially true after a rattling or injurious incident. But we want to help you understand what can distinguish a healthy emotional response from the more concerning experience of PTSD. Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Severe anxiety
  • A sense of “re-experiencing” a traumatic event
  • Inability to control one’s thoughts about an event
  • Taking extreme measures to avoid thinking about an event
  • Numbing oneself (physically, socially, or emotionally)
  • Using drugs or alcohol to avoid traumatic memories or feelings
  • A constant feeling of being on “red alert”
  • Frequent adrenaline rushes / activation of the “fight or flight” response
  • Angry outbursts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Negative emotions
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Increased fears or phobias (especially in children)
  • Regressing to previous stages of maturity / development (especially in children).

Each of these symptoms might be “normal” for a short time after any distressing event. The key distinction in a PTSD diagnosis is that the symptoms last a long time or get worse. Some people experience delayed PTSD, in which the symptoms do not begin until weeks, months, or even years after the traumatic event. Remember: these are only some of the most common symptoms of PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a highly individual experience. It can be diagnosed only by a healthcare professional. If you believe that you or your loved one may be experiencing PTSD, you should seek medical attention right away.

You Don’t Have to Have PTSD to Sue for Emotional Distress

While this page is focused primarily on post-traumatic stress disorder, it is important to note that legal relief is also available for other types of emotional injuries. Even if you have not been diagnosed with PTSD, you may be able to seek compensation for your pain, anguish, or emotional distress under New York personal injury law. Our New York City PTSD lawyers can help you understand the differences and explain your rights. Please never assume you do not have a claim before consulting with an attorney. Our consultations are available free of charge.

Suing for PTSD in New York: Guidance from Our New York City PTSD Lawyers

PTSD is very real, and those who suffer from it because of someone else’s negligence are entitled to financial compensation. Most of the accidents that trigger PTSD are rooted in someone else’s negligence behavior. In those cases, Kaplan Lawyers PC is prepared to aggressively pursue every penny you are owed for your emotional injuries. We want to help. To take your next step, simply schedule a free consultation with our experienced New York City PTSD lawyers right away.

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