HomeFAQsMaritime InjuriesGetting medical treatmentWhat kind of treatment is available for a maritime-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

What kind of treatment is available for a maritime-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?


Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is not uncommon after you’ve been seriously injured in a maritime accident. The Jones Act provides certain rights to compensation and benefits for seamen who suffer any sort of injury – mental or physical – due to an accident while working in a maritime profession.

PTSD has many symptoms and related conditions that can be classified as post-traumatic stress. A disorder such as this does not affect every seaman the same, and there is no one solution to treatment options. Psychologists may treat PTSD in many ways, such as: 

  • medication to relieve anxiety or help with sleep;
  • therapy to help patients cope with sudden symptoms;
  • therapy animals to help calm and comfort patients; and
  • behavioral analysis to determine what triggers post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Some of these symptoms may manifest immediately following a maritime accident, while other cases may not be apparent until months, or years, after a seaman has recovered from the physical trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not a condition to be left untreated, as it could cause serious damage to your health and well being over time.

It is best to have your mental health status evaluated at any time you feel something is “off” about your feelings or behavior in regard to your maritime accident. The Jones Act does have limits on how long a seaman can wait before filing a claim for PTSD damages under maritime accident law. This means that you may need the help of a Louisiana attorney to seek the benefits you could be entitled.

The Jones Act Can Help You Seek Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After a Serious Maritime Accident

The Jones Act law provides you with certain protections your employer may not want you to know about. A maritime accident attorney from The Young Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, can help you if you have suffered trauma from a boating accident that causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental conditions.

Though we are based in Louisiana, we are ready and able to help injured victims throughout the U.S. Order our free Maritime Accident and Injury Law guide and/or our guide to what to do when you are injured offshore to learn all about your rights as an injured worker.



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