Cincinnati, Ohio VA Disability Attorney and Drug Defect Lawyer reviewing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & PTSD Medication injury for veterans and plaintiffs nationwide
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which can result from any traumatic event, though most commonly associated with suffering from the aftermath of military combat, physical abuse, violent acts, car accidents, or harassment and racial discrimination at the workplace.
Victims of PTSD medication injury have filed lawsuits against those responsible for their condition, though liability may be difficult to prove and an experienced attorney is recommended to weigh legal options available.
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder regularly involves counseling and an anti-anxiety drug regimen, which may alleviate symptoms in the near-term, but some PTSD medications are associated with dangerous side effects, and may do more harm than good in some patients.
Drugs like Paxil, Risperdal and Lexapro may be prescribed to PTSD patients, even though studies have linked them to harmful side effects. Drug companies have been sued in recent years for marketing and distributing certain pharmaceuticals when they have not been properly tested and are released to the public anyway.
Effective Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be treated in several ways, not merely with popular drugs like Paxil, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Abilify and Lexapro. Some doctors insist on medicating treatment in addition to behavioral treatments.
Drug Therapy—pharmaceutical treatments may include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and antipsychotics. The most common drugs prescribed to PTSD patients include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)—this form of therapy assists patients in learning healthier ways of coping with distressing emotions, and to reduce avoidance behaviors and other dangerous actions, including substance abuse.
Exposure Therapy is one form of CBT designed to reduce the level of fear and anxiety associated with specific “triggers” which serve as painful reminders of the original traumatic event. The reduction of fear is accomplished by exposing patients to their particular triggers and working through the associated fears and anxieties.
Stress Inoculation Training is a similar treatment in that it helps a PTSD patient gain confidence in his or her ability to deal with triggers and the anxiety and fear that accompany reminders of their original trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a multi-stage therapy treatment designed to first identify patients’ sources of stress, discussing their specific symptoms, perform hypnotic treatment, and then discussing again with the counselor until improvement is attained.
Ohio Veterans & PTSD Medication Injury
Regardless of the original trauma that caused long-term debilitating stress and anxiety, victims of PTSD suffer, and may have a successful claim against the party responsible for their trauma. Victims may also have claims for the mismanagement of treatment and against drug companies that market dangerous drugs to a vulnerable portion of the population.
Every PTSD claim is comprised of a unique set of personal factors and it is advisable to seek out an experienced personal injury attorney to assist in the legal process.
Physical and Psychological Injuries Leading to PTSD—victims of PTSD may suffer from several physical and psychological issues requiring very expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Long-term therapy, counseling and prescription drugs may cost thousands of dollars each year, and a successful claim against the responsible party may recover much of these costs.
Lost Wages & Loss of Future Income—when PTSD affects every aspect of a person’s life, they are often unable to work in the same capacity as they once did. In severe cases of PTSD following a traumatic event, victims are not able to return to work for long periods of time. These lost wages and potential lost future earnings can be calculated by experts, and a negligent party that caused the original trauma may be liable for certain financial recovery.
Pain & Suffering—in most cases of PTSD, victims of psychological trauma are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering.
Punitive Damages—many courts and juries will numerate punitive damages when defendants are shown to exhibit a reckless disregard for safety, or where there is a proven intent to cause harm. Punitive damages exist to punish irresponsible parties so that they will alter their behavior or actions in the future.
Patients suffering from PTSD medication injury require treatment that may be lengthy and expensive, and many victims are entitled to compensation. The Lyon Firm can assist in the complex legal process and win the rightful compensation for any injured plaintiff.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to PTSD medication injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.