If your loved one was injured in a Georgia drunk driving accident, he may suffer from PTSD in the months following the crash. PTSD is a psychological injury that occurs as a result of a life-threatening trauma. Victims of PTSD relive or re-experience the trauma, avoid situations and people that remind them of the trauma, and often live in a state of increased anxiety or hyper-vigilance.
If your loved one was injured in a Georgia DUI car crash, you should know the signs and symptoms of PTSD.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
1. Reliving or re-experiencing the trauma
- Recurring memories of the accident
- Nightmares about the crash or about car crashes in general
- Feeling or acting like the trauma is happening again
- Anxiety or stress when reminded of the accident in any way
2. Avoidance of situations, people, and things that are associated with the accident
- Difficulty getting in a car
- Avoiding TV shows with accident, police, or injury themes
- Avoiding the place where the accident occurred
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the accident
- Not being able to remember the accident
- Loss of interest in activities
- Feeling detached from friends and family
- Feeling numb or being unable to experience feelings
- Feeling of impending doom
3. Symptoms of increased anxiety or hyper-vigilance
- Insomnia or sleep difficulties
- Outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling “on alert” at all times
If your loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms of PTSD after a Georgia DUI car crash, it is important to seek medical help. You may also want legal help.
Seeking justice can give victims a sense of closure and help them move on with their lives. To learn how a civil lawsuit can help you get accountability for your DUI car crash injuries, contact Shane Smith Law at 866-976-1629.