It is normal to feel scared, anxious, and uncertain after an attack, but sometimes an attack can trigger a more serious condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you’ve been hurt, then it is important to understand if you suffering from PTSD and what you can do about it.

Symptoms of PTSD

According to the Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Intrusive memories. This may come in the form of upsetting dreams, reliving the event, or significant emotional responses to things that remind you of the event.
  • Avoidance. You may avoid thinking about the event or places, people, or things that remind you of the event, for example.
  • Negative thoughts or changes in relationships.
  • Irritability or changes in behavior. This could include trouble sleeping or concentrating.
  • Self-destructive thoughts or behavior.
  • Guilt.

If any of these symptoms (or other changes in mood or behavior) is severe, if any of these symptoms go on for more than one month, or if you have concerns about your health, then you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

And You Should Know Who Should Pay for Your Injuries

The person who attacked you may lack the financial resources to pay for your injuries. However, your attacker may not be the only one responsible for your injuries. The property owner may also be liable for your post-traumatic stress disorder if you can prove that:

  • You suffer from PTSD.
  • You suffer from PTSD because of the attack.
  • The property owner was negligent in the security that was provided on his or her property at the time you were attacked.

Property owners are responsible for the safety of the people who are legally on their property. Thus, if you were lawfully on someone else’s property, then you have the right to expect reasonable security and to pursue a negligent security claim if you are hurt in an attack.

Pursuing PTSD Damages Is Important to Your Recovery

If you suffer from PTSD then your damages are so much more than the physical injuries that everyone can see. As you know, PTSD may interfere with your ability to work, to sleep, to leave the house, and to enjoy the things that once made you happy. This is as real a consequence as the cuts, bruises, broken bones, or other physical injuries that you’ve suffered.

To learn more about how to protect every aspect of your potential recovery after an attack on someone else’s property, please read our free report, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, or start a live chat with us today.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.