If you drive for work and are involved in a crash, you could run into trouble if you’re suddenly unable to perform your job. You may have injuries that hold you back, but even if those heal, your stress level may not let you drive comfortably.
Many people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety-related conditions after going through a traumatic event. You might find that you have traumatic dreams about what you went through or find it difficult to drive without having a panic attack.
If you’re struggling with these kinds of issues, you need to seek medical attention and support for your mental health.
Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of PTSD
Motor vehicle crashes do increase the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder developing. Any history of prior trauma or perceived or real risk of harm coming to you or someone you care about can trigger it. High levels of emotion, such as feeling helpless, can also lead to serious upset in your life and bring on signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
You can seek workers’ compensation to help you through these circumstances
If you were hurt while on the job, it’s appropriate to look into workers’ compensation to provide you with the compensation you need to focus on your recovery. You should not have to return to your job until your mental and physical health is much improved. It’s reasonable to look into seeking additional support for post-traumatic stress disorder, because it can be just as debilitating as a serious wound.
In the case that you were not driving for work at the time of the collision, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. A claim against the at-fault driver could help you get the money you need to focus on your health and to worry less about quickly returning to work.
You’ve been seriously injured, so you deserve the opportunity to heal and recover. The right support can assist you as you build a case against an at-fault driver or look into seeking workers’ compensation to cover the medical care and lost wages you’ve suffered.