The psychological impact of an accident may recur for a long time, even after the injuries have physically healed. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline takes a look at the psychological effects of suffering an accident, and in particular flashbacks and their effects.
What are flashbacks?
Flashbacks are recurrent memories of a particularly traumatic incident. They can occur when the victim is either conscious or unconscious, and can be particularly stressful. Flashbacks are normally associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can be as painful for sufferers to experience, as the events themselves.
Some of the more common causes of flashbacks:
- Road traffic accidents
- Violent personal assaults
- Traumatic accidents at work
- Witnessing violent deaths
- Military action
- Being held hostage
If you suffer from flashbacks, then it is vital to receive proper medical attention. It is normal to have confusing and distressing thoughts in the wake of an accident, however, in most cases these will subside by themselves. You should consult your doctor immediately if you are suffering from recurrent flashbacks after more than several weeks. Victims of flashbacks can suffer from constant anxiety, depression and insomnia, and flashbacks can have a severe impact on their quality of life.
Can flashbacks be treated?
Flashbacks can be treated in a number of ways and it is important to find the method which best suits you. You may be recommended to go and see a therapist, or your doctor may prescribe anti-depressants depending on the severity and frequency of your flashbacks.
Am I possibly entitled to claim compensation?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that the stress and trauma of an accident lingers for a long time after the physical effects of an accident have subsided. That’s why we are dedicated to getting you the amount of compensation you deserve. With years of experience in all areas of personal injury law, Accident Advice Helpline provides tailored advice for you. Our lines are staffed by friendly, professional and patient advisors. If you’ve suffered an accident over the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then don’t despair. Although compensation may not help with the symptoms of flashbacks, it is important to receive the correct legal remedy to compensate you for your injuries. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.