Depending on the circumstances of a car accident, it may be possible for victims in North Carolina and elsewhere to ask for damages related to PTSD. To successfully make a claim for mental distress, a doctor must make a correct diagnosis of the condition. The practitioner must be qualified to make the diagnosis, and it must be proven that the PTSD was caused by the accident.
However, if a person had PTSD prior to the crash, it may be enough to claim that the crash triggered symptoms related to the condition. In many cases, a plaintiff's attorney will use the testimony of an expert witness to establish that the crash was the cause for mental distress whether it was caused by the crash or triggered by it. The testimony of an expert may overcome assertions by the defendant's attorney that the car crash was too minor to cause emotional stress.