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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Attorneys

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Lawyers

The post-traumatic stress disorder lawyers of Bisnar Chase are here to help victims of PTSD fight for compensation and justice.

When most people think of serious injuries, they think of wounds that cause extreme physical pain. But post-traumatic stress disorder can be just as damaging as any physical injury. A huge number of Americans struggle with PTSD after witnessing or being involved in traumatic situations.

Do not suffer in silence. Bisnar Chase is a top-rated law firm, adept at dealing with psychological injury claims, and can win your PTSD injury case. Contact us now for a free consultation.

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What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder that leaves victims with a variety of debilitating symptoms. These can be horrific, ranging from extreme anxiety to suicidal thoughts.

PTSD usually occurs when a person has seen or been involved in a high-stress, traumatic, or dangerous situation. This could include a driver being involved in a car crash, or a soldier engaging in armed combat in a warzone. It will not always hit a person straight away, often occurring three months to a year after an incident.

An off-duty soldier with his head in his hands, struggling with PTSD symptoms.

The symptoms of PTSD have long existed, and have been known by many different names through the years. These include ‘shell shock’, ‘war neurosis’, ‘battle fatigue’, ‘soldier’s heart’, and more.

The term post-traumatic stress disorder was created in the 1980s. It was coined as a diagnosis for traumatized American soldiers returning from combat in Vietnam and is now a well-established mental health diagnosis.

If you have suffered PTSD due to an accident or injury caused by another person’s negligence, contact the post-traumatic stress attorneys of Bisnar Chase now.

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Who Can Get PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an extremely unpredictable condition. It can hit anyone, of any age, and can take varying amounts of time to affect the victim.

Everyone is affected differently by stressful situations. Some people may have no lasting effects after being involved in an auto accident, while others could experience severe PTSD.

PTSD is perhaps most commonly associated with soldiers engaging in armed combat, and children who have been abused. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the general population. But it can be caused by all kinds of traumatic events.

The following are some common examples of incidents causing PTSD:

  • Combat experiences
  • Car accident
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Near-death experience
  • Dog attack
  • Drowning incident
  • Mental and physical abuse
  • Workplace problems and conflicts
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Death of a loved one
  • A family member or friend experiencing harm or danger

Victims with PTSD have been found to have small changes to their brain functions and produce more adrenaline. It is thought that these changes are part of a survival mechanism designed to help the victim avoid further trauma.

Bisnar Chase is here to help. Find out whether you have a PTSD lawsuit claim by contacting our personal injury lawyers now.

Our law firm handles accident cases in which a victim has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person. For instance, if you are suffering PTSD after a car crash or dog attack, a lawsuit could be filed against the at-fault driver or animal owner.

If you are unsure if you have a PTSD legal claim, contact us now for a free case review.

Experts explore some of the key aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Symptoms of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder can have a huge impact on the victim. It is an anxiety disorder that can completely alter a person’s behavior, forcing them into a self-destructive pattern.

The aftereffects of trauma are very personal. They do not affect all people the same way, but common PTSD symptoms can be broken down into four tiers.

Victims may be forced to relive their trauma, with symptoms including:

  • Vivid flashbacks
  • Involuntary and repeated memories
  • Graphic nightmares

Victims may try to – sometimes unconsciously – avoid the source of pain by:

  • Refusing to talk about it
  • Avoiding places, people, or related situations

PTSD can distort feelings, with negative thoughts taking over. These can include:

  • Rising fear and anger
  • Self-hatred
  • Guilt and shame

PTSD can cause irrational behavior and everyday issues, including:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Quick temper and angry outbursts
  • On edge and easily startled
  • Reckless behavior and bad decisions

A person struggling with a brain injury or disorder can suddenly find themselves filled with anxiety, constantly on edge, and unable to function as they used to. It can destroy their enjoyment of life, leaving them feeling detached and helpless.

Make no mistake, severe PTSD is a form of catastrophic injury in itself.

As with other serious injuries, victims are entitled to seek damages and compensation for a condition that takes such a heavy toll on their life. The PTSD compensation lawyers of Bisnar Chase are here to make sure you get the legal representation you deserve.

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PTSD and Children

An unhappy child with PTSD undergoes counseling with a therapist.

Many of those diagnosed with PTSD are children. Some youngsters can easily move on from bad experiences, while others have extreme reactions. In some cases, this will present itself in an emotional disorder such as PTSD.

Young children struggling with PTSD might show additional symptoms to those affecting adults. They may start to wet the bed, lose their ability to communicate, act out in surprising ways, or become clingy to their parents.

Older children may begin to exhibit destructive behaviors or experience extreme guilt. Children must be encouraged to discuss what they have gone through with a professional.

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Treatments and Medical Costs of PTSD

If you have suffered a form of trauma and are experiencing any of the PTSD symptoms we have listed, you should visit a medical professional as soon as possible.

Once a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis is made, there are forms of treatment that can greatly reduce the effects of PTSD.

Some common forms of medical care include:

Medication: Various forms of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication can be used to treat the symptoms, reduce nightmares and sleeping problems, and allow the victim to take part in other therapies.

Cognitive Therapy: Working with a therapist can help a PTSD victim confront and move past their traumatic memories.

Group Therapy: Allows victims to talk through their trauma with others who have suffered in similar ways.

Alternative Therapeutic Treatments: Less traditional treatment methods such as animal-assisted therapy and acupuncture have shown successful results in PTSD cases.

Many of the most effective treatments for PTSD involving talking and working through the root memories of the fear and anxiety-inducing event.

Treatment for PTSD is necessary, but it is not cheap. From medications to lengthy therapy stints and alternative solutions, the medical costs can quickly mount up.

Studies show that the average treatment cost for a veteran with PTSD was nearly $20,000 in 2012, with the U.S. Department of Defense spending hundreds of millions of dollars on treatment for veterans every year.

No one should have to pay out for major medical bills if they have developed PTSD after an accident that was caused by another person.

Hire Bisnar Chase now to maximize your chances of receiving compensation to cover your expenses, damages, and suffering. Our post-traumatic stress lawyers advance all costs and have made it their mission to fight for injury victims.

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PTSD Compensation

The post-traumatic stress disorder compensation lawyers of Bisnar Chase are here to make sure you are not left out of pocket after an accident or trauma.

Most people want to know how much compensation they could receive if they file a PTSD lawsuit. There is no set amount; it depends on the merits of each individual case.

Example: You are attacked by a dog, suffering minor bite injuries, and later developing PTSD from the terrifying experience.

By taking PTSD legal action against the dog owner, you could win compensation for:

  • The pain and suffering you have endured
  • Medical costs (treatments and therapies)
  • The ongoing impact PTSD has on your life
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Lost quality of life

Do not make the mistake of trying to pursue compensation by taking on an insurance company or lawsuit on your own. We are here to ease the burden and provide outstanding representation.

To find out how much you could win, contact our PTSD attorneys for a free case review now.

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How to Prove a PTSD Legal Claim

It is the job of your post-traumatic stress disorder attorney to build a case showing the extent of your injuries. By proving that you are struggling with PTSD, our top-rated attorneys can secure the compensation you deserve.

But how do you prove that a person has PTSD?

A graphic showing a man whose head is disintegrating, representing the impact of PTSD symptoms.

The most important step is to visit a medical professional. PTSD is a mental health disorder and must be diagnosed by an expert. To be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have experienced some or all of the symptoms we have outlined on this page for at least a month.

Once the diagnosis has been made, our attorneys can build a case, using your medical records to show the extent of your suffering. This may result in an out-of-court settlement, or a trial and verdict.

Contact the expert PTSD and emotional distress lawyers of Bisnar Chase for more information on legal proceedings. We offer a free consultation; talk to us with no obligations before deciding whether you want to take legal action.

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PTSD FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that this page will answer all of your questions on dealing with PTSD and taking legal recourse. Some of the most frequently asked questions on post-traumatic stress disorder are listed below.

If you have a question that has not been answered, contact Bisnar Chase now and we will help in any way we can.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects everyone differently. For it to be considered PTSD, symptoms must last for at least a month. For some victims, the symptoms might last for a few months. Other people might have to deal with them for years or endure chronic issues.

PTS (post-traumatic stress) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are two different conditions but share many symptoms. PTS is a normal response to trauma, with symptoms fading quickly. In contrast, PTSD symptoms extend beyond a month, making it a lasting mental health condition.

PTSD is unpredictable. Sometimes a person will be affected immediately after experiencing trauma. In other cases, symptoms will not start until months or years after the incident.

The first step is to visit a doctor or therapist. A medical professional will be able to diagnose a PTSD condition and suggest the best courses of treatment. If you are diagnosed with PTSD after being involved in an accident, contact Bisnar Chase for legal help now on (800) 561-4887.

It will cost you nothing. Bisnar Chase offers a no win no fee promise to all clients. This means that all case costs are advanced. You will not face any out of pocket costs, and will not owe a penny unless we win your case.

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PTSD Statistics

For a long time, mental health conditions were not widely talked about. But the statistics show just how common conditions like PTSD are.

  • About 8 million American adults struggle with PTSD each year
  • One in 12 people – about 8% of the U.S. population – will experience PTSD in their lifetime
  • Combat veterans and sexual assault survivors have the highest rates of PTSD
  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD
  • PTSD rates are higher in people who have jobs exposing them to trauma, such as police officers and doctors

These statistics show how frighteningly common PTSD is in America. If you are struggling with a catastrophic injury like PTSD, contact Bisnar Chase now.

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How a PTSD Attorney Can Help

If you have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident, you should contact a PTSD lawyer to make sure justice is done.

Our legal experts have made it their mission to provide superior representation for injury victims. When an accident resulting in PTSD is caused by negligence, our attorneys can secure a settlement or verdict to make sure the victim is properly compensated.

We take pride in supporting people throughout the great state of California. We are based in Southern California, and take on cases from a wide range of areas. These include:

Anaheim Los Angeles Riverside San Bernardino
Newport Beach San Diego Fresno Santa Ana
Irvine Moreno Valley Long Beach Glendale

If you are unsure if we take cases from your area, simply call and ask!

There is no need to struggle with PTSD on your own. Our team is skilled and compassionate. We will fight for you and communicate the state of your case every step of the way, allowing you to focus on recovery.

Our numbers speak for themselves. We have a 99% success rate and have won more than $650 million for injury victims. Bisnar Chase is a trusted name, having been in business for more than 40 years.

Contact the post-traumatic stress disorder lawyers of Bisnar Chase now. Call (800) 561-4887 for immediate help, or click to send an email through our website.

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