Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Caused by Brain Injuries
When someone suffers a brain injury, it can and likely will cause a myriad of problems, many of them drastic, permanent, and noticeable. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more difficult to link directly to a brain injury, however. Lawyers working for insurance companies are typically quick to argue that the unclear connection means there is no connection at all, that PTSD is actually a preexisting mental condition not caused by the accident in question. Understanding the science and medical definitions of PTSD can prove otherwise.
Defining PTSD & “Organic” Brain Injury
When someone lives through a traumatic experience that could have resulted in their death, did result in someone else’s death, or involved learning of someone else’s death, it is not uncommon for that individual to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD is markedly characterized by a person:
- Reliving an awful event in their mind
- Having fear or discomfort around something associated with the event
- Generally experiencing heightened anxiety following a traumatic event
Soldiers are commonly referenced when speaking of PTSD, for many of them will develop this mental health condition after serving a tour of active duty. If a soldier witnessed a devastating explosion, for example, he or she may be afraid of small firecrackers or become extremely agitated by the sound of a car backfiring.
The typical symptoms of PTSD make it noticeably different from a preexisting or organic brain injury or mental health condition. Medical journals usually describe dementia caused by a brain injury – but not categorized as PTSD – as causing the patient to experience memory loss, periods of inability to understand speech, difficulty paying attention for moderate lengths of time, apathy or lethargy, and depression. While all of these symptoms can be devastating, they are not in line with the conditions caused by PTSD. Someone with PTSD following an accident may be able to use these distinctions to pursue the compensation he or she needs to live comfortably again.
Legal Help for Your Brain Injury PTSD Case
It may be a struggle to prove that your PTSD was caused by a traumatic event, such as a violent auto accident, but it is not impossible. With the help of Scarlett Law Group and our San Francisco catastrophic injury attorneys, you can seek the compensation and damages you deserve with confidence. We have been advocating for the wrongfully injured for more than 25 years and have collected billions of dollars for our clients through successful case results. Talk to our team today by calling (415) 688-2176 or contacting us online.