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Are you suffering from PTSD after a construction accident?

Working on a construction site in St. Paul comes with a long list of dangers. While many accidents can be minor, there are those that can be very severe. From trench collapses to falling cranes, certain kinds of accidents can have very tragic consequences.

For those that survive these terrible construction accidents, the effects can include physical injuries as well as mental. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be as debilitating as a severe physical ailment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD after a tragic workplace accident, you may be able to receive benefits to help with the costs of recovery and returning to work. Since the symptoms of PTSD can disrupt even your daily life, it is important to start receiving treatment as soon as possible. Read further to find out more about the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Reliving the experience

Many people that have gone through a horrific event will relive the experience. Something can trigger the memory and the victim will find himself feeling the same emotions, such as fear and despair, at the same level as when the event actually occurred.

Avoidance

When a PTSD victim begins to realize what types of situation are triggers, he might try to avoid those situations at all costs. Furthermore, the victim may avoid talking or thinking about the event itself and anything closely related to it. For example, if friends were lost in a building collapse, a survivor suffering from PTSD may stop talking about those people.

Lack of expression

In many cases, individuals with PTSD will shut down and have a hard time expressing feelings or emotions. This is often another avoidance tactic. There will more than likely be feelings of shame, guilt and fear. The victim might also repress memories of the incident and have problems maintaining or building relationships.

Paranoia

Some people that suffer from PTSD will experience a heightened sense of paranoia. The may be convinced that danger lurks around every corner. You may notice signs of irritability, lack of concentration, reckless behavior and sleep deprivation.

Other signs

Other signs that you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD are sudden personality changes, issues with friends or family members, self-destructive tendencies and problems keeping emotions under control.

If you have suffered a work-related accident and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, you might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Your attorney will be able to help you file a claim so that you can get the benefits you deserve and the help you need.

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