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Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

The frequency of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, amongst soldiers who have returned from combat has attracted tremendous attention. However, PTSD can also be an issue for those who work in highly stressful environments, first responders who deal with stressful or violent events, and anybody who witnesses a severe accident.

 It can be terrifying when someone is involved in a car accident and sustains significant injuries. To help obtain restitution for the losses they have sustained, the injured party may use their insurance company or the courts.

But what if the most devastating event is a traumatic emotional experience? In any situation with a significant injury, post-traumatic stress disorder is a real issue that is generally ignored. But can post-traumatic stress disorder be considered a catastrophic injury, and is it eligible for compensation? We look to answer that in this article by explaining the catastrophic injury and if PSTD can fall into that category.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

An injury is deemed catastrophic when a patient needs intensive medical care or long-term therapy. This definition also covers injuries that will probably last permanently or result in a disability.

Common types of these severe injuries include:

  • The cessation of breathing, speaking, seeing, hearing, or other vital body functions
  • Paralysis
  • Irreversible nerve damage
  • Persistent, unending anguish
  • Trauma-related stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amputation
  • Damage to the brain from trauma (head injury)
  • The major spinal cord, neck, and back injuries

When Is PSTD Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Severe PTSD is linked with legal ramifications. If someone else’s carelessness resulted in PTSD, that individual is accountable for PTSD and any related impairments. Additionally, someone with severe PTSD may be deemed “catastrophically handicapped” to receive no-fault accident payments. It will, amongst many other things, entitle the person with PTSD to more compensation for treatment.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition that frequently induces dread and anxiety when exposed to accident-related stimuli. As a result, it is seen as an emotional trauma where the suffering and agony may be compensated.

These are frequently identified as non-economic losses in automobile accident cases, much like in other personal injury lawsuits. Non-economic losses are predicated on the immeasurable but genuine mental and physical suffering and discomfort losses that happen in catastrophic accident situations. In contrast, economic losses may include medical costs and other such expenses. To get the highest possible award for these kinds of damages, you need an experienced trial lawyer.

The Bourassa Law Group has addressed numerous cases involving psychological trauma. Our Nevada personal injury attorneys know how PTSD can develop following a traumatic accident. We try to help our clients resume some semblance of normalcy in their lives.

We can assist if you or someone you care about is experiencing PTSD following a crash. We’ll be there with you throughout the process, building a solid case to demand the compensation you require and deserve for your post-traumatic stress disorder. Call us at (800)870-8910 for a free consultation!

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