Life’s impermanence is commonly understood and accepted by everyone. It is why most of us attempt to live every day to the fullest. Yet sometimes the lives of those we love are terminated by the reckless and careless actions of strangers who fail to commit to their duty of care. If you or someone you love has suffered as a consequence of the negligent behavior of another, we encourage you to contact a skilled and empathetic personal injury attorney in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Life Altering Effects of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury incidents, and specifically traffic accidents can lead to severe physical, emotional and mental wounds. In terms of the physical wounds, the injuries can include burns, disfiguration and scars, limb loss and amputation, lacerations and bruises, as well as back injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, fractures and broken bones, knee, foot and ankle injuries, shoulder injuries, etc. And then there are the traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that can leave you cognitively impaired and with long-term disabilities, and emotional injuries such as PTSD which are quite prominent and can cause permanent distress.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Over one percent of the American population is involved in a serious (causing personal injury) motor vehicle accident (MVA) each year and a majority will experience at least a minor MVA by the age of 30. MVAs are considered the leading cause of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population and car accidents are the number one trauma for men and the second most frequent trauma for women, according to a new book that examines updated research on PTSD among car accident victims and some effective treatments for the disorder.”
Although the disorder manifests itself differently in different individuals, according to the British Columbia Medical Journal , there are some common symptoms among PTSD sufferers. These include “involuntary intrusive thoughts, images or dreams of the traumatic event, symptoms of psychological hyperarousal (e.g., concentration deficits, sleep disturbance, irritability)., frequent attempts to avoid activities, thoughts, or emotions that remind the person of the traumatic event, and a state of decreased interests or emotional numbness.” Treating the disorder will likely involve therapy and possibly even medication.
A skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Jackson, Mississippi can help you obtain compensation from the at-fault party so that you can cover any medical and psychological treatments you may need as a consequence of the accident. If you or someone you know has recently been affected by a personal injury accident and need a vigorous attorney to provide exceptional legal representation, contact Ballard Law at (769) 572-5111.