Chances are good that you’ve heard someone say, “You should get fair compensation after an accident.” They’re not wrong too. From pedestrian strikes to catastrophic truck accidents, collisions with motor vehicles oftentimes leave people with injuries. In many cases, these injuries require medical attention, which typically result in expensive medical bills.

As you can imagine though, some injuries or health conditions may not be obvious initially because they may take a while to develop. You might not think to include them in your request for compensation. You might not even consider the long-term health care needs these injuries require, which can also affect the compensation you ask for.

To prevent this from happening to our Los Angeles readers, we’d like to point out that post traumatic stress disorder is one such condition that can occur after a serious accident but may take a while before it presents symptoms. An accident victim may be under the false assumption that they can’t ask for compensation for it when in fact they can.

An accident victim may not even realize that their flashbacks of the accident, recurring nightmares, and anxiety near elements involved in the accident are actually symptoms of PTSD. In situations such as this, it’s also possible for an accident victim to fail to request the right amount of compensation.

Because some accident-related conditions, like PTSD, can take months or years of treatment before a patient is able to recover, there is no guarantee that you will be able to pay all of your medical bills unless you request the right amount of compensation. In order to do that, you need to know that some injuries and health conditions can take time before symptoms show, which is why we highlighted PTSD in today’s post.

Source: The National Institute of Mental Health, “What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD?” Accessed July 17, 2015