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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious mental health disorder that is most commonly associated with soldiers engaged in military operations, but PTSD can occur in anyone who survives any traumatic event, including an accident while working in the perilous seas of the Pacific Northwest.

People who are employed in the maritime industry aboard ships sometimes fall victim  to PTSD.  An accident or injury that occurred on a vessel during a rough voyage may cause a person to develop PTSD.  Mariners that survive a vessel sinking or grounding frequently struggle with PTSD as a result of the harrowing experience.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can lead to a temporary or permanent job loss. Treatment of PTSD – like medication and counseling - can be expensive and ongoing.  Fortunately, under the general maritime law, the cost of treatment by psychiatrists and psychologists is your employer’s responsibility if your condition manifested while in the service of a ship.  The effects of PTSD can change one’s life.  People who suffer from PTSD also are also more prone to commit suicide than normal, according to the American Psychological Association.

Over the past few decades, awareness of PTSD as a legitimate health concern has gained universal acceptance.  PTSD can cause profound psychological changes in victims and symptoms sometimes linger indefinitely, especially if left untreated.

Attorney for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Seattle, WA

If you or your loved one has developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of an accident that occurred while working in the maritime industry, you have the right to pursue compensation for the damages you incurred and you may be entitled to a monetary settlement. 

If your PTSD occurred as a result of an accident while you were employed on board a ship, in the harbor, or on the docks, Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski may be able to help you recover damages. It is your employer’s responsibility to have you evaluated if you suspect you have PTSD.  We can help you get the treatment you need.

Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski represents injured maritime workers throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California.  We have offices in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Portland, OR.  Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a free consultation about your maritime-related PTSD.

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Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Maritime Industry

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder experienced by some people after a traumatic event.  A car crash, a violent crime, a loud explosion, or another life-altering event may result in PTSD, regardless of the degree of physical injury incurred. Some people with PTSD are physically unharmed in the traumatic event but do suffer psychological damage.

Anxiety, flashbacks, and depression are some of the symptoms of PTSD.  Treatment of PTSD can be extensive and ongoing, and therefore, expensive.  Nonetheless, it is vital to obtain the treatment.

Some of the causes of PTSD in the maritime industry include:

Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski is an aggressive advocate for PTSD victims and accepts cases from a variety of clients who work in or are affected by the maritime industry, including:


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Symptoms of PTSD in the Maritime Industry in the Pacific Northwest

PTSD may prevent a person from returning to work, disrupt normal activities, and impose other difficulties that were non-existent before the traumatic event.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are four types of PTSD symptoms:

Among the many conditions that may occur in a person suffering from PTSD are nightmares, flashbacks, and sensations that trigger a reliving of the event.  A person suffering from PTSD may avoid crowds, personal or intimate relationships, distrust almost everyone, or have trouble sleeping or concentrating, according to the VA.

The symptoms of PTSD may occur right away after a traumatic event, but sometimes they do not appear until months or even years later.  Symptoms may also reappear after a long period of time when the victim was asymptomatic.

Symptoms that persist for a month or more or cause a major disruption to home or work life require attention from a doctor or mental health counselor.  PTSD can strain your relationship with your loved ones.


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Financial Impact of PTSD in the Pacific Northwest

A person afflicted with PTSD due to a maritime accident, incident, or injury faces an uncertain future and may ask questions, such as:

A person who suffers from PTSD due to a maritime accident may experience difficulty in adjusting to a new life, especially if the effects of PTSD persist. The financial costs of PTSD may include:

By law, a maritime worker need not bear financial responsibility when the PTSD occurs during the course of one’s employment regardless of the fault of a negligent maritime company. An experienced attorney specializing in maritime injury law in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or California may be able to obtain damages for a maritime PTSD injury, including:


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Resources for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Pacific Northwest

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — National Center for PTSD — The National Center for PTSD assists veterans and others with PTSD.  Visit its website to learn about types of PTSD trauma, and treating and coping with PTSD.

University of Washington — Programs for Trauma Survivors — The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, is affiliated with the UW Department of Psychology. The program’s mission is to provide treatment services (medication or psychotherapy) to trauma survivors. As a research program for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the program seeks to offer the most innovative, empirically supported, and effective treatments for the disorder.


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Find an Attorney for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Pacific Northwest

Were you or a loved afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest while working in the maritime industry, either on a ship or on the docks? If you suffer from PTSD as a result of a maritime incident, you may have a right to recover damages under maritime law. Call Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today to schedule a free initial appointment to discuss your case.

The maritime attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski have extensive experience representing maritime workers suffering from PTSD and serve people throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the States of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and California.

We pledge to fight aggressively for your rights and obtain the most favorable outcome in your personal injury case, whether we negotiate a settlement or proceed to trial.

Call Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to start your path to wellness and to recover what you have lost.


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