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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Disability Insurance Claim

Many people think about war veterans and crime victims when they hear the medical term, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  This medical disorder impacts more than these two groups of people.  It can affect anyone who has gone through a traumatic event.  Posttraumatic stress disorder can develop if you have witnessed or experienced an event that caused you to feel fearful or helpless.

It is unfortunately common for people who are involved in traumatic events to have a period of time where they have to cope with what happened.  This time is also an adjustment period for many people.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is not always immediately recognized, but it can get worse and last anywhere from months to years.  According to MayoClinic.com, “signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder typically begin within three months of a traumatic event.  In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms may not occur until years after the event.” 

Some of the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional numbness
  • Avoiding activities
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Sleep troubles
  • Easily frightened
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Feelings of guilt

These symptoms can come on at different times and may even go away for a while.  People suffering from PTSD will often experience more symptoms during periods of high stress or when reminded of the traumatic event.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and your life is being impacted, you should seek advice from a medical professional.  There are treatment options available that include medications and psychotherapy.  These treatments will not only help you cope with PTSD, but will also help you avoid additional complications from this disorder, such as depression, anxiety or alcohol abuse.

When you are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, your life may be completely disrupted.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to work because of PTSD, you may be able to obtain disability insurance benefits. 

The Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. represents people who have had their valid long term disability benefits denied, delayed or terminated irrespective if the policy was purchased individually or issued through an employer group policy. We can also assist with the initial application process, during the administrative appeals process, termination, litigation in state or federal court, and negotiating a one-time lump sum settlement or buy-out.  For more information contact a Miami disability lawyer at the Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. at (305) 461-1095 or (866) 71-CLAIM.  Our law firm has been helping individuals with their disability insurance claims for the last 15 years.