Insomnia following a car accident is more common than many people believe. If you have insomnia after a car accident that causes you to lie awake at night regardless of how tired you may be, it would be wise to see a doctor right away as your sleeplessness may be a sign of a bigger problem.
Insomnia and PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is not something that only members of the military are affected with. PTSD can also be triggered by an upsetting event such as a car accident wherein the effects can linger for months or even years. PTSD is a psychological condition that is rooted in a traumatic event and which is characterized by recurrent, unwanted re-experiences of the event.
Sleep can be greatly affected by PTSD. Some surveys suggest that nearly three-fourths of all people with PTSD have sleep problems including insomnia. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD which is causing you insomnia after a car accident caused by someone else, you may be able to file a compensation claim for your suffering. In addition to being able to file a claim for your physical injuries such as any cuts, lacerations or broken bones you may have suffered, you also may be able to file a claim for your non-physical pain and suffering that is directly related to the accident you were involved in.
Insomnia and Head Injuries
Insomnia after a car accident can also be a sign that you’ve sustained a head injury. A fact that surprises many people is that it is all too common for accident victims to be treated for their visible injuries in emergency rooms but not for the head trauma they’ve suffered. For example, a car accident victim who has been taken to an emergency room will be treated for the obvious injuries he sustained in the accident like broken bones and lacerations. Because he was able to speak clearly and answer all questions asked of him, the accident victim is simply sent home without the doctors and staff realizing that he has sustained a head injury.
Sometimes it takes several days or even weeks for symptoms of a head injury to become apparent. For instance, in the above example, the accident victim may be healing well from his broken bones and cuts but has noticed (or has been told) that he behaves differently than he did before the accident. Maybe he becomes quickly angered by the smallest of things or perhaps he cannot make decisions or has trouble carrying out the simplest of tasks. It is common for a car accident victim to sustain head trauma after striking their head against something like a windshield or even when rear-ended. A victim of a rear-end collision can suffer a mild or moderate brain injury due to the force of the accident that caused the brain to strike the inside of the skull.
How Hogan Injury Can Help
The San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Hogan Injury routinely help victims of car accidents file legal claims so they can receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. To claim compensation, you don’t necessarily need to have been the driver of the vehicle as you could have been a passenger, pedestrian or even cyclist. As long as your injuries were the fault of someone else such as a negligent or careless driver and you have the evidence to back up your case, you are legally entitled to bring a claim.
Personal injury claims are handled by us on a guaranteed no-fee policy. This does away with the worry of having to pay a lawyer. Instead, you don’t pay us anything unless we win or settle your case.
Building a Strong Case
It is important to build a strong legal case so that you will obtain the compensation you need. It’s essential to document your injuries and to keep records of your insomnia which includes dates and details. You should keep all medical records pertaining to your injuries. Be sure to ask the hospital or doctors that treated you for any medical reports they have which will be needed to substantiate your claim. Our attorneys will help you gather all the evidence you need which may include proof that you’ve not been able to work due to your injuries or insomnia. Once we’ve collected all the evidence and have spoken to the medical experts we use, we will come up with a suitable compensation amount which reflects all your losses.
With Hogan Injury by your side, you stand a very good chance of winning your case. We urge you never to enter into any type of agreement with an insurance company. While you may be offered a tempting settlement by an insurance company, it’s best not to accept it as it’s very likely the amount offered is far lower than what your injuries are actually worth. Instead, let our legal experts guide you along the right path which will help assure that you get all the compensation you deserve.
Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys truly care because we are just like you. Give us a call today at 866-205-4971 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation. We can also be reached via our website.