Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Odea Earle Injury Lawyers


What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Often occurring after a painful, sudden event such as a car accident, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a severe injury with life-changing effects. PTSD is characterized by a reliving of the incident over and over, with the same feelings of panic and fear that were present at the time of the accident. Even after the physical trauma of an accident has passed, the negative mindset characterized by PTSD persists, and can worsen.

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Studies show that PTSD affects one person in ten at some point in their lives. The constant reliving of traumatic events and feeling the same panic and fear even after the incident has long passed is a debilitating situation. It is important for people with PTSD to seek medical help immediately.

PTSD often occurs after a painful, sudden incident, such as a car accident or other unexpected, traumatic event

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What is Complex PTSD?

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Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (complex PTSD, sometimes abbreviated to c-PTSD or CPTSD) is a condition where the affected individual experiences some of the symptoms of PTSD along with other symptoms. These include having difficulty controlling emotions and feeling very angry or mistrustful of others and the world in general.

CPTSD can result from a history of childhood neglect and abuse, domestic abuse, living through war, and other horrific experiences. Like PTSD, CPTSD requires professional treatment – which may be more intense and frequent than that prescribed for PTSD.

Symptoms, Causes & Impact of PTSD

Most individuals with PTSD have experienced a traumatic event in their past, but the mental and physical symptoms that result can last for years and take an immense personal and financial toll on the affected individual. It can be a life-threatening condition, and in recent years more research and awareness has been devoted to finding help for this all too common condition.

Causes OF PTSD

There are various different traumatic or life-threatening events that might cause PTSD to develop. These include:

  • Car Crash
  • Violent Attack
  • Rape or Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Bullying
  • Being Kidnapped or Held Hostage
  • Seeing another hurt or killed
  • Performing a job in which you repeatedly see distressing images or hear details of traumatic events
  • Traumatic Childbirth, either as a mother or a partner
  • Extreme violence or war
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Surviving a natural disaster
  • Life-Threatening Condition/Diagnosis
  • Losing a loved one in particularly upsetting circumstances
  • Learning that traumatic events have affected someone close to you (Secondary Trauma)
  • Any event triggering fear for one’s life

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Detachment from Others
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding Reminders
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Anger
  • Memory Loss
  • Feeling Jumpy
  • Turning to Drugs and Alcohol
  • Any event triggering fear for one’s life

The impacts of PTSD on an individual’s life are many. They may be unable to be in situations that remind them of the accident and may become anti-social and panic-ridden. The effects can be so debilitating that the individual is unable to work or carry out their lives like before. The consequences are financial, personal, and far-reaching.

PTSD Treatment & Costs

PTSD may make you feel as though you will never get your old life back, but there are treatments that help improve symptoms and help deal with the issue and restore self-esteem. Short and long-term psychotherapy, and medications have been proven to work well for people with PTSD. People with PTSD may be wary of seeing a mental-health professional, but it is essential to have the right diagnosis as soon as possible. Treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Medications such as sertraline, paroxetine, fluoxetine and venlafaxine
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Acupuncture
  • Innovative Treatments

Is your PTSD is the result of an accident or incident

What’s Next?

If your PTSD is the result of an accident or incident in which the other party is responsible, you may have the option of opening a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your pain, suffering, and damages including lost wages. It is important to seek medical help for your condition right away. Delaying your personal injury case may be detrimental to your future as well, so don’t hesitate to call our team. Make it our fight. We can get started today.

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Related Injuries

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation under the law. These benefits and compensations can cover the cost of medical treatments, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses you experience due to your injury.

Brain Injury

traumatic brain injury or TBIWhen the brain experiences blunt trauma or force, or severe shaking, a brain injury – often called traumatic brain injury or TBI, can occur. The trauma results in swelling of the brain which can lead to disrupted brain function, more often referred to as “brain damage.” These injuries can be severe and lasting. Accidents that can result in a brain injury include car accidents, slip and falls, a fall or falling objects, and other accidents.

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Spinal Cord/Back Injury

back injuries can also include upper back injuries, lower back injuries, herniated disks, and strains and sprainsIn addition to spinal cord injuries which are very severe and impactful for individuals, back injuries can also include upper back injuries, lower back injuries, herniated disks, and strains and sprains. Twenty-five percent of the population experiences back pain at some point in their life, and for many, the pain is chronic and debilitating. Back injuries are usually the result of an accident, such as a car accident, slip and fall, and quite often, workplace accidents.

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Fibromyalgia Pain and Injury

Fibromyalgia Lawyer st. john's newfoundlandFibromyalgia is a condition best characterized as widespread or universal pain. A personal injury can result in fibromyalgia, due to the actual physical injury or the anxiety of dealing with its effects. The actual cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be determined by the medical world, but symptoms can include morning stiffness, severe fatigue, headaches, sleep disruption, memory/concentration problems, numbness and tingling, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and more.

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Depression (Signs and Symptoms)

Depression is a common condition that negatively affects how you think, feel, and interactDepression is a common condition that negatively affects how you think, feel, and interact. After an accident, the pain and anxiety of dealing with injuries and financial strain may cause the injured individual to become depressed. The toll of trying to provide for a family and recover at the same time may be insurmountable for the person. After an accident, depression may present itself alongside other conditions like anxiety and PTSD. Depression can last for years and make life almost unbearable for the victim.

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Work-Related Injuries

You’ve been injured on the job, putting your livelihood on the line. You may be unable to go back to your job, putting real stress on you and your family. Workplace injuries are especially common in industries like manufacturing and construction, but other workplaces can result in injuries too.

It is important to have a lawyer who understands the process and the possible pitfalls you may encounter regarding your Workers’ Compensation claim. The laws regarding compensation can be complicated, but at O’Dea Earle our team has decades of experience dealing with every facet of the law that pertains to your claim. We’ll answer all your questions, keep you informed and, most importantly, use every resource within the law to fight for the compensation you deserve now and in the years ahead. We’ve fought for countless injured workers like you, so we know the stress and strain you’re going through right now.

If you’ve been injured at your workplace and are ready to make a Workers’ Compensation Claim, make sure you start the process with a fighter by your side.

Make it our fight and our team will get to work doing what we do best – protecting workers like you.

You'll need a strong, experienced personal injury lawyer

Having a strong, experienced personal injury lawyer by your side is your best bet for reaching a personal injury claim decision that works in your favour – now and into the future. We step in and handle all the paperwork, negotiations, and procedures – while you focus on your recovery. We know the pain and stress you’re dealing with right now and we’ll make sure the other party knows too. And we won’t back down until you get the compensation you deserve.

When a car accident impacts your life

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you undoubtedly have many questions. You may be wondering if you have a personal injury claim and, if so, what that claim is worth. It’s important to remember that even if you think your injury is of a minor nature, it may not be. If you’ve been in a car accident and were injured, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation under the law. These benefits and compensations can cover the cost of medical treatments, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses you experience due to your injury.

When it’s your future at stake

One possible, and serious, long-term effect of an injury is inability to return to work full-time, putting the injured person under increased stress about their future and the future of their family. If you are unable to work full-time in the future, as a consequence of your injury, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits through your employer, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), or your own insurance company.

Injured due to the negligence of another?

In any situation involving an injury due to negligence or carelessness on the part of another, it’s crucial to retain the services of an informed, aggressive personal injury lawyer who’ll fight for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. This is especially important when dealing with insurance adjusters. The insurance adjusters will try to settle your claim promptly and cheaply – but that may not be what’s best to cover your medical bills and expenses into the future.

You are not obligated to provide the adjuster with any information. Any claim you settle with the adjuster is final, so you will have no further recourse options against the party who caused your injury, even if new medical issues arise from your injury at a later date.

We won’t let anyone deny your pain

Unfortunately, the road to a successful long-term disability claim can have its setbacks. Instead of a cut-and-dried process, it can become a battle that puts your future in question and adds more trauma to an already terrible situation.

Pitfalls that long-term disability claimants encounter can include:

Claim Delayed

Claim Denied

Claim Cut Off

Claim Under Investigation

As occurs often in disability claims, your medical documentation may be challenged, the extent of your injuries may be contested, or an insurer may claim you’re ready to return to your work – or similar work – when in fact you’re not ready at all. Having a skilled lawyer there in these situations is crucial. Even if you haven’t encountered barriers to your disability claim yet, it’s wise to retain strong legal representation.

We know the disability claim process and we know how to defend clients when the consequences of their injuries are called into question. We’re ready to defend your right to the long-term disability benefits you deserve, and we’ll be ready to challenge anyone who disputes your pain.

If you are injured and are ready to make a long-term disability claim, make sure you aren’t put in a situation that injures you more, and indefinitely.

It’s your future at stake.

Let us fight for it.

- Kelsey Bishop
Kelsey Bishop was rear-ended by an uninsured motorist resulting in severe injuries to her shoulders, neck and back. In addition to disruption of her life and career, Kelsey found herself trying to navigate a legal battle alone. After contacting O’Dea Earle, Kelsey had a full understanding of her rights and chose us to represent her. We guided her step by step through her case and fought aggressively on her behalf. Kelsey settled her case and is now well on the way to recovery.
- Kim McNeil
Kim McNeil was severely hurt in a head-on collision leaving her with major back and neck injuries. She was facing a tough road to recovery and needed a tough team to secure the compensation she needed. We got to work on Kim’s case immediately, keeping her informed and advocating aggressively on her behalf. The end result was a settlement that ensured Kim now has the financial resources her recovery requires.

First Steps

If you’ve been injured in an accident, call O’Dea Earle before you sign anything.

Even though you should see a doctor and contact your insurance company immediately after the accident, the next step should be contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. Remember to:

Gather the Facts

Obtain contact information for anyone who was involved in or a witness to the accident, obtain the insurance information from the other parties involved, and prepare a detailed description of the accident.

Consult a Doctor

You may not feel a need to see a doctor, but injuries often take time to present themselves. We advise all clients who have been in an accident to consult a physician immediately.

Call Before Signing Anything

We’re ready to take your call 24/7. We’ll determine if you have a case by listening to your story, carefully reviewing police and medical reports regarding your accident, and determining fault.

A Fighting Plan

At O’Dea Earle, we’ve fought for countless people who have been injured in accidents, meeting every issue, conflict, and dispute surrounding their case head on to pursue maximum compensation. When it’s your case, we’ll be fighting for your rights every step of the way. Right now, you’re dealing with stress, lost income, insurance companies, and an uncertain future. It’s time to focus on your recovery, while we fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Your PTSD Lawyers

Thomas E. Williams, Q.C., Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Thomas E. Williams, K.C.

Tom's practice areas are injury, civil litigation, and administrative law.
Gregory F. Kirby, Q.C., Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Gregory F. Kirby, K.C.

Greg's practice includes injury, administrative law, and real estate.

Raylene Mackey

Raylene’s practice includes personal injury law, real estate law, wills and estates law, corporate and commercial law, employment law, family law, and civil litigation.
Ian S. Patey, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Ian S. Patey

Ian's practice areas include injury, labour law, and real estate.

David S. Williams

David’s practice includes injury, real estate, and corporate and commercial law.

Kait O'Reilly

Student at Law
Pádraig J. Mohan, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Pádraig J. Mohan

Pádraig’s focus includes injury, real estate, and wills and estates.

Kayla Mosher

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Kyle R. Rees, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Kyle R. Rees

Kyle's focus includes human rights, civil litigation, and labour law.
Justin W. King, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Justin W. King

Justin’s practice includes injury, real estate, and wills and estates.

Adrienne Ding

Adrienne’s areas of practice are injury, labour and employment law, administrative law and civil litigation.

Jonathan W. Moore

Jonathan's practice areas include injury, corporate and commercial law, and real estate.
Ryan M. Belbin, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Ryan M. Belbin

Ryan's focus includes Injury, civil litigation, and real estate.
Kevin J. Galway, Lawyer St. John's Accident Personal Injury

Kevin J. Galway

Kevin's focus includes injury, civil, family, and real estate law.

Michael Williams

Michael's practice areas are civil litigation, corporate law, and employment law.

Duncan Wallace

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Andrew Seviour

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