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The Role of PTSD In A Personal Injury Case

Exposure to trauma can cause the affected person to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those suffering with PTSD can display a variety of symptoms, including depression, drug and alcohol abuse, harboring of suicidal thoughts and physical health problems.

PTSD’s symptoms can trigger a range of different feelings:

• Anxiety
• Anger
• Frustration
• Restlessness
• Violence

Each of those feelings could be linked to one or more problems:

• Flashbacks
• Trouble sleeping
• Strained relationships

The lawyer’s role when a client suffers with PTSD

During treatment, a client with PTSD’s symptoms must meet with a therapist. The client, the victim of an earlier accident, deserves to be compensated for the time spent attending the therapy sessions. Consequently, it becomes the job of the personal injury lawyer in Airdrie, to advocate for the funds that can provide the client with a fair compensation.

Good lawyers have access to expert witnesses, that should include experts in post-traumatic stress disorder. The expert’s testimony can be used to acquaint the members of the court with the physical and emotional problems that can emerge, following exposure to a stressful situation. In other words, the securing of witnesses stands as one of the attorney’s primary tasks.

Understand that not every witness needs to have demonstrated some level of expertise. You do not have to be an expert, in order to note when someone is anxious, angry, frustrated or restless. You must simply be ready to observe someone’s feelings and actions, and then stand prepared to report what you have observed.

Lawyers talk with their clients, in order to learn about their neighbors and fellow workers. Lawyers can then talk with the same neighbors and fellow employees. During that conversation, a lawyer’s skills get used, as that member or the legal profession strives to discover if a given client has demonstrated the tell-tale feelings of PTSD. During that same conversation, it becomes the attorney’s job to find out if the allegedly stressed client has ever made reference to flashbacks or trouble sleeping.

It might prove harder to locate a client’s old friends. Yet those men and women could share some useful information. Any one of them might have felt a developing strain in their relationship with a given attorney’s client. By relating that experience, the former friend could shed light on the extent to which a stressed client had experienced at least one or two strained relationships.

How PTSD’s symptoms hand the personal injury lawyer an advantage.

Because there is a range of symptoms, the lawyer’s search can extend to multiple locations. Ideally, that search uncovers different examples of PTSD-like behavior. When combined with presentation of an expert’s testimony, those same examples strengthen the presented argument, i.e. that the client that filed the personal injury claim suffers PTSD-like symptoms.