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Risks that could increase your chances of PTSD after an accident

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When you are involved in a car accident in Florida, it may not take even a serious impact to create mental stress and anxiety for you. The sheer surprise and inability to prevent what has happened is enough to trigger feelings of despair and fear when you have to get behind the wheel again. At Dana J. Watts, Attorney at Law, we are committed to providing victims of car accidents with the needed support to aid in their recovery. 

Depending on your psychological background and the severity of the accident you were in, you may be more prone to experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder than other people. With timely and consistent intervention, you may be able to overcome the symptoms of your PTSD and once again feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel. You may also find that managing your symptoms requires ongoing professional therapy or assistance to provide support as you work through the emotions resulting from your accident. 

According to, there are several contributing risk factors that could put you in a more likely position to experience PTSD following your accident. These include the following:

  • If the injuries you or other passengers experienced were life-threatening and catastrophic in nature. 
  • If you are experiencing intense feelings of shame or guilt if the accident was your fault. 
  • If you had psychological disabilities preceding your accident or are predisposed to PTSD due to genetics. 
  • If you had a lack of emotional support from family, friends and others during your healing and recovery. 

When you are aware of the risk factors that could increase your chances of PTSD, you may be able to circumvent them before they present a real issue. For more information about what to do if you have been injured in a car accident, visit our web page.  

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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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