Working on a vessel is dangerous. Everyday, maritime workers put their lives risk in order to do their jobs. When accidents happen, they can be devastating. A worker might escape from a burning oil platform just to spend hours at sea waiting for rescue. After an ordeal like this, a seaman might experience mental as well as physical trauma.
Most people who are involved in accidents and traumatic events have a brief period of difficulty adjusting or coping. But, after an adjustment period, they get better. In cases of severe trauma, the symptoms can get worse and last for months or years. The symptoms may disrupt the victim’s life effecting their work and relationships. If this occurs, the worker should be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is not uncommon for injured seamen to suffer from PTSD. The symptoms usually begin about three months after the accident, often around the time the worker has healed from his physical injuries.
Signs of PTSD in injured seamen include:
The signs and symptoms of PTSD may come and go. A victim may seem fine until the symptoms are triggered by a period of stress or news of a similar accident.
Emotional adjustment to an accident is normal, but if symptoms interfere with an accident victim’s ability to lead a normal life, they may need medical treatment. Seek medical treatment if symptoms last for more than a month.
Criteria for the diagnosis of PTSD
Although PTSD is a normal reaction to horrific experiences, it may be hard for an injured worker to admit they are suffering PTSD. Treatment is available for PTSD and may combine therapy and medication.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an offshore accident, you need a maritime lawyer to help you. Contact the New Orlean’s based attorneys at TheYoung Firm. Our lawyers can help you on the way to recovery by helping you get fair compensation for all your injuries. Call 866-703-2520 to learn more.