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Dealing With Trauma After a Drunk Driving Accident

October 30, 2020 | Category: Blog, DUI

A drunk driving accident can be an incredibly emotional and traumatic experience. Aside from facing various physical injuries and extensive damage to your car, the emotional scars left on victims of drunk driving accidents can be very severe. If the accident resulted in the death of a loved one or a severe injury that forever alters the course of your life, the mental anguish that follows in its wake can be all-consuming. If you’ve been the victim of a drunk driving accident in Florida, you should speak with an experienced Fort Myers drunk driving injury lawyer who can guide you through the process of recovering your health and any expenses you’ve incurred in the process.

Depending on the severity of your accident, you may experience depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a combination of both. Identifying what you’re suffering from will be crucial to treating it. Accordingly, you should seek treatment from a trained medical professional to start a path toward recovery.

Identifying Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a drunk driving accident, you may be experiencing an intense amount of emotions associated with the trauma of the accident. Strong feelings are normal, but there are sure signs that what’s going on is more serious. You may have post-traumatic stress disorder if you’re experiencing:

  • A persistent feeling of uneasiness
  • Anxiety about driving
  • Irritability, excess anger, or worry
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Withdrawal from people in your life
  • Fear of medical procedures or tests
  • Ongoing memories of the accident you can’t control

Dealing With Your Anguish

Seeing a mental health specialist is recommended if you’re dealing with any of the above symptoms. If you’re concerned that you may not be able to afford a therapist, you should speak with a Fort Myers drunk driving injury lawyer who can help you begin the process of recovering compensation for your medical treatment. Remember, you are entitled to this compensation when the senseless actions of a drunk driver have caused you harm.

Other steps you can take include staying active by exercising frequently and naturally boosting your endorphins, getting outside as much as possible, or spending more time with family and friends. You need a support system to help you get through these difficult times. Don’t shy away from calling on those you love to get you through this challenging time, and don’t feel ashamed of needing help. After such a traumatic experience, it’s understandable that you would need a little extra help from friends and family.

Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident? Contact a Fort Myers Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer

Our attorneys are highly skilled litigators navigating drunk driving accident claims for clients whose rights must be protected under the law. If you’ve recently fallen victim to a drunk driver, you shouldn’t hesitate to speak with a Fort Myers drunk driving injury lawyer about your rights and ability to recover damages for your emotional and financial hardship. Attorney Randall L. Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. is available to help you get the compensation to which you’re entitled. Contact our office today.


Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839 or by email to  Visit Spivey for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.  Contact us online for a free initial consultation.

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