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PTSD: a forgotten result of wrecks

When a person faces serious injury or death, it can have a lasting psychological impact, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, may result. PTSD is a mental health condition listed in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM).

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we help accident victims get fair compensation that covers the full costs of their treatment for injuries. That includes physical and emotional trauma. Having been in serious accidents ourselves, we understand what you are going through, and will always treat you like our neighbor, never a number.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of an accident, we will work aggressively and wisely to get a full settlement for you, so you can get your life back in order. Call (804) 413-6777 to set up your FREE consultation with us today.

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What is PTSD?

PTSD can occur when a person who has been exposed to the threat of serious injury, sexual violence, or death experiences negative after-effects. Although we generally associate PTSD with soldiers who have served in combat, it can also afflict a person who has been the victim of a dangerous car accident, a dog attack or a sexual assault.

Although PTSD was officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder in 1980 when it was added to the DSM, we are only now beginning to realize how frequently it occurs and how destructive it can be. Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Anger or irritability
  • Emotional detachment
  • Feeling jumpy or hypersensitive
  • Violent or self-destructive behavior
  • Memory and concentration problems

If left untreated, PTSD can also cause serious physical ailments, including headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, and heart disease.

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Getting help for PTSD

PTSD can be extremely disruptive to your life, damaging personal relationships, making work difficult if not impossible, and devastating your family. It’s essential to correctly diagnose PTSD so you can get the right care.

Thankfully, many promising treatments are now available for PTSD. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on examining victims’ perceptions and feelings so they can actively change negative thoughts and harmful behavior patterns. Medications are also available to treat common PTSD symptoms.

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Getting compensation for all your injuries

Getting compensation for PTSD can be a difficult part of getting a fair insurance settlement after a car crash in Virginia. For one thing, it takes time to identify and diagnose PTSD, and sometimes the symptoms take a while to become apparent. The statute of limitation for a personal injury claim in Virginia is just two years. That means that victims and their doctors might not even notice PTSD in time to include it in the initial claim.

For another thing, Virginia also has limits on damage recovery for emotional distress, so it’s essential to find a personal injury lawyer who knows how to emphasize both the physical and emotional consequences of PTSD, in addition to the physical effects of your accident.

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Get the full value of your case with skilled Virginia car accident attorneys

Ken Gibson and John Singleton are uniquely qualified to serve you. John has worked for large insurance defense law firms, and understands how they operate. Ken has served as federal and state prosecutor, taking hundreds of cases to trial. Both partners are connected to their local community, and they care deeply about their neighbors. They started their law firm to help accident victims get fair compensation by working effectively against big insurance companies.

If you or someone you love is suffering from any type of injuries caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is here to work aggressively and effectively for you. Call (804) 413-6777 to arrange your FREE consultation today. And remember, with our no fee guarantee, we only get paid when you get paid.

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Community Service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.