PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, and frequently is accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. It may lead to erratic or criminal behavior, or even suicide.
Although PTSD may be associated most often with veterans, it affects a broad spectrum of the population. PTSD is one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. as more than half of the population in America has been exposed to the kind of traumatic event that can give a person PTSD. Events precipitating PTSD include assault, car accidents, domestic abuse, natural disasters, prison, sexual assault, terrorism, and war. Chronic PTSD, resulting from multiple traumas, is difficult to treat.
Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that arise in connection with failures in diagnosing or treating PTSD.