Pennsylvania Lawyer Says Study Linking PTSD and Orthopedic Injuries Illustrates Need for Full Compensation for Accident Victims

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PTSD, a debilitating condition that has serious and expensive repercussions for victims, should be considered in any orthopedic injury case, says Scranton personal injury attorney J. Christopher Munley.

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Pennsylvania personal injury attorney J. Christopher Munley

Pennsylvania patients who have suffered symptoms of PTSD in conjunction with an orthopedic injury should seek medical treatment and discuss their case with a qualified personal injury attorney.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with soldiers who fought in foreign wars, but a new academic study shows that PTSD frequently affects civilians who suffer personal injuries close to home in their day-to-day lives, according to Scranton personal injury lawyer J. Christopher Munley.

According to the study in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, PTSD affects between a fifth and half of all patients who have been the victim of an orthopedic injury, such as those commonly suffered in car, truck and motorcycle accidents.

“The doctors who conducted this study confirmed that PTSD is a common and serious condition for patients who have suffered orthopedic injuries, which can include bone fractures, joint injuries, damage to tendons and other musculoskeletal injuries,” said Munley, an experienced Pennsylvania accident and injury attorney and the managing partner of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, personal injury law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.

Orthopedic injuries in Pennsylvania can result from many types of accidents, Munley said, including collisions involving vehicles, pedestrians and workers who fall at construction sites.

The study concluded that victims of all types of musculoskeletal injuries are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, regardless of the accident’s severity.

Dr. Daniel Aaron, M.D., one of the physicians who conducted the study, said that PTSD often has a very negative impact on an orthopedic patient’s emotional and physical recovery.

“Without effective treatment, PTSD can hinder activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating, paying bills, shopping, laundry and other household chores. Patients with PTSD also may be delayed in returning to work,” Dr. Aaron said in a statement about the study.

Munley, the Scranton personal injury lawyer, said his law firm works closely with medical experts to evaluate clients’ claims and to make sure that they receive full compensation in a Pennsylvania verdict or settlement for all of the injuries they have suffered, including related conditions like PTSD.

“We are committed to making sure that victims of orthopedic traumas and other injuries receive all of the money and benefits that they deserve so they can focus on going forward with their lives,” Munley said.

According to the study, symptoms of PTSD include:

  •     Re-experiencing the traumatic event, including nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive memories;
  •     Avoiding situations reminiscent of the original trauma, reluctance to talk or think about the original trauma, or feeling emotionally “numb” about the event; and
  •     Anger, irritability, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and/or an increased startle response.

Effective prevention or treatment relies on early recognition of PTSD symptoms, according to the study.

“Pennsylvania patients who have suffered symptoms of PTSD in conjunction with an orthopedic injury should seek medical treatment and discuss their case with a qualified personal injury attorney,” Munley said.

About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm that represents motor vehicle accident victims, including those involved in car accidents, truck accident, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, drunk driving (or DUI / DWI) accidents, SUV rollovers and van rollovers, including providing advice and counsel on issues involving auto insurance law.

Additionally, the firm has more than 40 years of experience in representing victims and consumers in personal injury litigation that includes medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, workplace injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., has offices throughout Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton and Hamlin. To contact the law firm, call (800) 318-LAW1 or visit the firm's website.

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