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After accidents, children may develop PTSD

Children tend to be extraordinarily resilient creatures. However, simply because children tend to recover from illness, injury and trauma in ways that many adults simply cannot, this does not mean that children cannot suffer long-term consequences as a result of these difficult life events. For example, a Swedish researcher at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy has determined that when children riding on bicycles are struck by motor vehicles, they risk more than broken bones and brain injury.

According to this researcher, one out of every three children affected by this kind of accident develops post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of their collisions. This condition may plague children for years, especially if it is not properly treated. Even though children may indeed be resilient creatures, it seems that oftentimes their bodies may recover from trauma faster than their minds do.

The Swedish researcher has performed several studies which indicate that the rate of PTSD in children who have experienced traumatic bicycle-vehicle collisions tends to drop somewhat over time. However, those children who are affected by PTSD in either the short or long terms may require certain kinds of care and accommodations.

As the researcher recently explained, “The children often experience much stress and fear in association with the accident, and may feel that their life is in danger. This can cause post-traumatic stress disorder in the long term, and this may constitute a major obstacle in their everyday lives.” Care for children with PTSD can be expensive. If you are concerned about financing your child’s care in the wake of an accident, please speak to an experienced attorney who will be able to explain your legal options in regards to the motorist who collided with your child.

Source: Red Orbit, “After An Injury, Many Children Can Be Affected By PTSD,” April Flowers, May 28, 2014

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