Understanding Liability for PTSD Connected to Car Accidents
Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer
A good Palm Beach car accident lawyer knows that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a medical condition that can develop in the wake of a traumatic event or series of events. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of PTSD generally commence within three months of the traumatic incident but may not manifest for years. Before someone can be diagnosed with PTSD, they must exhibit specific symptoms for a minimum of one month. Palm Beach car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt are familiar with these symptoms, which include re-experiencing, avoidance, changes in cognition and mood as well as symptoms related to specific kinds of arousal and reactivity.
If you or a loved one has developed PTSD in the wake of a car accident, please consider reaching out to an experienced car accident lawyer in Palm Beach. You may be able to take advantage of legal options designed to hold any parties responsible for the accident accountable for the harm you are suffering. Even if the accident was partially your fault, you still may have significant legal tools available to you.
As is the case with virtually every personal injury claim, PTSD-related cases need to be brought before the relevant statute of limitations expires. Each accident case must be brought within a specific period of time as determined by the laws governing the case. In most instances, the applicable statute of limitations will be governed by state law. A car accident lawyer serving Palm Beach will be able to let you know how long you have to file a case after your accident has occurred. Of course, it is generally better to file sooner as opposed to later, as evidence may become compromised over time.
Details of Diagnosis
It is going to be important to secure proof of diagnosis from a reliable source. If the opposing side successfully argues that your PTSD originated from an event other than your accident or argues that your diagnosis is incomplete, you may have greater difficulty holding the parties responsible for your accident accountable for their negligent, reckless or intentional behavior. Please speak with a car accident lawyer for Palm Beach about the details of your diagnosis during your consultation in order to minimize the consequences of any potentially compromising information related to the diagnostic process.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD as a result of an auto accident, please consider contacting The Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt. We have extensive experience handling auto accident claims and working with accident victims. We do our best to ensure that these victims obtain access to compensation associated with the harm they have suffered, whenever it is possible to do so. Members of our firm are passionate about the rights of accident victims, whether they have sustained property damage, physical injuries and/or psychological injuries as a result of their collisions.
Scheduling a consultation will not obligate you to file a personal injury claim. All it will do is allow us an opportunity to learn more about your situation so that we may better advise you of any legal options that may be available to you. And should you ultimately decide that you would like to file a claim, a trusted Palm Beach car accident lawyer will be happy to support you and/or direct you to the best possible resources in accordance with your unique circumstances.