Can You Sue For PTSD After a Car Accident?

If you’re reading this, you probably know that if you’re involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and any damage incurred. It makes sense. A car accident can keep you from working, driving your car or living life without pain.

If the other driver was at fault or negligent, they should at least compensate you. What happens if the accident is especially bad, though? What if you’re left with injuries that aren’t visible to the naked eye? What if you’re left emotionally scarred, with nightmares of the accident or a fear of driving?

Simply put, can you be compensated if you experience symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a car accident?

Simply put, the answer is yes but it can be difficult. First, you’d have to file the lawsuit within the time frame required by your state. Apart from that, PTSD is mostly seen in some extreme cases. You would have to prove that your car accident was emotionally taxing and scarring, namely if there is a death, serious injury or a huge amount of property damage. Taken even further, because PTSD is a mental illness as opposed to a physical injury, it can be difficult to prove that you’re suffering. A broken arm, while painful, is easily probable with an X-Ray. PTSD requires a series of mental tests from licensed medical practitioners and close observation.