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After a distracted driver caused my motorcycle accident on Bee Ridge Road, can I sue for PTSD in addition to my medical bills?

 

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After motorcycle accidents, injured motorcyclists are often faced with new realities due to their serious injuries that are usually accompanied by expensive medical bills. Not only can an injured motorcyclist need expensive surgery, but he may need lifelong medical treatment for his physical and emotional injuries. This is why injured riders should file personal injury claims against those responsible for their crashes.

One very real injury that should be accounted for in a Florida personal injury lawsuit is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, PTSD can affect a person’s day-to-day functioning, relationships, personal life, and job. Victims should definitely be compensated when left to suffer from this traumatic condition. However, many injured victims end up settling their claims before realizing they suffer from PTSD—failing to collect for this type of injury.

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD following your motorcycle crash, you should be able to collect compensation for post traumatic stress disorder. It’s not fair that you have to relive your motorcycle accident on Bee Ridge Road over and over again, have flashbacks, nightmares, stress and anxiety in addition to dealing with your physical injuries. You may not be able to drive again due to your fear. You may even have a hard time holding down a job since PTSD can be distracting and could cause you to function differently.

Because PTSD can greatly impact your life in the long run, you should speak with a knowledgeable injury lawyer to discuss the value of your potential claim and the damages you could seek. Contact the Mallard Law Firm to find out more in your free initial consultation at 888-409-3805.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney