Dealing with PTSD following ICU care

Date: Jun 28, 2016

If you have been in an accident or suffered an injury at the hands of medical malpractice, in some serious case you made need to stay in intensive care units. As this is a serious issue, many who survive the ordeal are left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you have suffered from PTSD or from an accident, it is essential to talk to compensation lawyers. Through their help, you can obtain a settlement that covers economic loss as well as the emotional suffering you encountered. 

New study shows impact of ICU

Recent research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the United States found that close to one-quarter of all people who have survived ICU have suffered from PTSD.  

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences Joe Bienvenu said the research is critical to the continuing research on PTSD. 

"PTSD can drastically impact a person's ability to communicate and connect with others, truly interrupting their lives and preventing experiences of joy," he said. 

The researchers also looked at ways they could help patients deal with PTSD. Some methods included the use of an ICU diary. 

"Diaries seem to help patients process their experience and formulate more accurate memories of their time in the ICU. They provide patients with a tool to better understand their experience in the ICU through the words of their loved ones and caregivers," said Bienvenu.

What responses can you take?

Following time spent in ICU, it is important that you understand what avenues you can take to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. Unlike in other situations, ICU can have a major impact on your psychological state. 

In the same way people can seek damages for physical injuries, emotional and psychological injuries can be compensated. But you will have to prove that you are suffering from a psychological injury.

These are defined as psychological conditions resulting from an event that interferes with an individual's ability to function normally. These can include: stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and other disorders. 

One way to ensure that you can prove that PTSD was caused by the car accident is to seek the help of compensation lawyers. At Gerard Malouf and Partners, our lawyers offer a no win no fee policy that removes upfront costs. Payment is instead taken from the successful settlement you receive. 

Contact a representative today to find out more. Talk to a Gerard Malouf and Partners compensation solicitor today. 

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.