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When someone is exposed to a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it – like a serious car crash, they may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (#PTSD).  It is estimated that 9% of survivors of serious traffic accidents develop significant PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include disabling memories, flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety related to the traumatic event.  As crash victims, they have been physically AND psychologically injured and their ability to think clearly or take the appropriate action that is in their best interest may become affected.  PTSD victims often use avoidance as a coping mechanism.  They just can’t deal with it.  They don’t want to talk about it or even think about it.  One of the most positive aspects of recovering from such a traumatic event is social support from friends and family.  If your family or friends are involved in a serious crash, be on the lookout for signs of PTSD. It is important to identify the symptoms early on and seek appropriate psychological treatment.  Studies warrant that the sooner the treatment, the better the outcome. As their friend or relative, they would want you to help them in this disabling time. Another aspect of the avoidance coping mechanism related to PTSD is that many serious #accident victims do not take action to protect their legal rights.  In the event of a serious car crash, the victim should seek out legal counsel immediately to SECURE THE EVIDENCE AND PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS.  Failure to enlist the help of an experienced accident attorney in a timely matter may dramatically affect their ability to bring a successful claim in the future.   To learn more about accident induced PTSD visit http://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0801/p524.html.  To know and protect your legal rights call Marianne Howanitz,

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