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Ontario Emotional Trauma Lawyers

 In many cases, clients’ may suffer long-term emotional effects in the wake of a severe motor vehicle collision or traumatic event. As a result, a specific condition may manifest, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Whether emotional trauma is attributed to a physical condition or is a standalone condition, individuals who suffer from it deserve the appropriate legal option to pursue those who were at-fault to account and are entitled to benefits from their insurers.

 Depression: Content Tab:

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder, it affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day to day activities, and sometimes you may feel like life is not worth living. Symptoms occur for most of the day, nearly every day and may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness,  emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies, or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy that affects the ability to do even small tasks
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety,  agitation, or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making  decisions, and remembering things
  • Unexplained physical problems such as back pain or headaches

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Tab:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event such as a motor vehicle accident. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear is known to trigger many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect people from harm. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger and will require treatment. To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

  • At least one re-experiencing symptom
  • Re-experiencing symptom Content Tab: Re- Experiencing symptoms include:

               o   Flashbacks – reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating

               o   Bad dreams

               o   Frightening thoughts 

  • Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. The symptoms can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, object, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing symptoms.
  •  At least one avoidance symptom
  •  Avoidance symptom Content Tab: Avoidance symptoms include:

               o   Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of a traumatic experience such as a car accident or trauma

               o   Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event

  • Things that remind a person of a traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.
  •  At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms Content Tab: Arousal and reactivity symptoms include:

               o   Being easily startled

               o   Feeling tense or “on edge”

               o   Having difficulty sleeping

               o   Having angry outbursts

  •  Arousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic events. These symptoms can make the person feel stressed and angry. They make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.
  •  At least two cognition and mood symptoms
  • Cognition and mood symptoms Content Tab: Cognition and mood symptoms include:

               o   Trouble remembering key features of a traumatic event

               o   Negative thoughts about oneself or the world

               o   Distorted feelings like guilt or blame

               o   Loss of interest in enjoyable activities

  • Cognition and mood symptoms can begin or worsen after the traumatic event but are not due to injury or substance use. These symptoms can make the person feel alienated or detached from friends or family members. Although it is natural to have some of these symptoms for a few weeks after a dangerous event, when  these symptoms last more than a month, seriously affect one’s ability to function, and are not due to substance use, medical illness, or anything except the event itself, they might have PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t manifest any symptoms for weeks or months. PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or one or more of the other anxiety disorders. 
  • Anxiety Disorders Content Tab: Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Moreover, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships.  There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.

At Juzkiw Law, our team of emotional trauma lawyers work to get clients the compensation they require in order to function in the wake of a debilitating psychological condition. Our team of lawyers demonstrate the very real and devastating effects of our clients’ condition to both insurance companies and a potential jury at trial in order to secure results. At the end of day, Results that matter.

Competent Advocacy to Treat Emotional Trauma

  • Victims of emotional trauma often experience difficulties with communicating what they are experiencing with family and friends. Our lawyers are sensitive to the stress our clients may experience with respect to an open discussion of a real, personal, emotional trauma as it relates to the litigation process.

Serving Ontario: Emotional Trauma Lawyers

  • One of the benefits of contacting an Emotional Trauma lawyer is the process of being informed of available legal options. To get in touch with us, contact us online or call us at 416-290-5055. We offer a free initial consultation for our services. If coming to our offices is not possible, we will meet you at a location most convenient for you. 
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